Anthony O’Connor has warned Inverness to expect a rough ride at Pittodrie tomorrow.
The Irishman believes the Dons will come out with renewed drive and show their true capabilities against the league’s bottom side.
While he has been pleased with Aberdeen’s defensive efforts, he believes two weeks on the training ground can help them race to a comfortable win.
The centre-back arrived this summer from Burton Albion and has impressed in the role.
It is at the other end where goals have proved harder to come by.
But with the return of Jonny Hayes as well as the addition of loanee James Maddison, O’Connor expects the Dons to leave their mark on Caley.
He said: “We’re due a game where we should really put our foot down and say ‘this is us for the season, this is what you’re going to come up against all the time’.
“We haven’t really got motoring yet, so hopefully this weekend we can do that.
“Caley aren’t going to be pushovers and we will go into the game as we always do, we’ve prepared well for it, we’ve spent a lot of time on the training ground and expect to do better against Inverness.
“We had a disappointing result last time out against Celtic and we want to put that right this weekend and hopefully we can come away with a good result.”
The Dons are looking to bounce back from a 4-1 defeat at the champions with a home win.
After racing away at the start of last season, performances so far this term have not been up to scratch.
But O’Connor insists Aberdeen can go through the gears against Inverness and put them to the sword.
He thinks the return of talisman Jonny Hayes can be a catalyst for an upturn in fortunes.
He said: “The way he plays, he’s a nightmare for defenders, so it’s going to be nice to have Jonny in the team.
“I don’t think you can replace Jonny Hayes in the team with his directness and his pace.
“He is very creative, he likes to link things up and he can play that pass we’ve probably been lacking so far this season.
“We’ve got attacking players all over the pitch like Wes (Burns) and Kenny (McLean), they can unlock doors too.
“My job is just to keep them out at the other end and hopefully they can do their job down the other.”