Shay Logan admits he hasn’t been at his best this season – but the Aberdeen defender insists he will rediscover his great form of previous campaigns.
The Dons right-back, who is expected to make his 200th appearance for the club today against Dundee, has made a few uncharacteristic errors in recent weeks.
In the Reds’ Scottish Cup quarter-final tie with Kilmarnock on March 3 at Pittodrie, a mix-up between Logan and Kari Arnason led to the Englishmen fouling Jordan Jones for the penalty that Killie equalised from.
In Wednesday’s replay at Rugby Park questions were also asked of Logan as he appeared to misjudge a bouncing ball which allowed Eamonn Brophy to create Killie’s opener.
Although some believe Logan was fouled by Brophy in that incident the 30-year-old concedes he hasn’t been at his best this term.
Logan is the only established right-back at Pittodrie with some suggesting a lack of competition has led to mistakes – but he dismisses that suggestion.
He said: “This season hasn’t been as good for me as previous seasons.
“But I’m still showing good form, I’d like to be a lot more consistent.
“There have been a few more mistakes which have led to goals, sometimes you don’t get the luck.
“But you just have to keep plugging away.
“Some people say I haven’t got competition for my position, but the way I look at it is that I have been performing well over the previous seasons.
“So, I’m a reliable person and it’s a position where you don’t need cover.
“But if cover was to come in I’d be more than glad to have the competition.
“I’m not scared of competition and I’m not scared of fighting for my place.
“I’ll always fight for my place in any team – that’s just me.
“Mistakes happen all over the pitch but as a defender or a goalkeeper if you make a mistake it can lead to goals.
“At the end of the day you need to keep your head strong.
“I’m a confident person but I’m not cocky or arrogant – I’m just confident in my ability and my team’s ability.
“Mistakes happen in every form of life – you pick yourself up and go again.”
Logan arrived in the Granite City in January 2014 on loan from Brentford for the second half of the 2013/14 season.
But in the summer of 2014 boss Derek McInnes signed him permanently.
If he lines up against Dundee this afternoon it will be his 200th appearance, with only three of the previous 199 being appearances as a substitute.
Logan believes the amount of starts he has made shows the faith McInnes has in him.
He added: “It shows the manager has got trust in me. I’ve been virtually an ever-present since I’ve been here.
“Apart from a few games out with injury and suspension I’ve played virtually every game, I’ve only been on the bench three times.
“Which for me is a good achievement. He’s got trust in me and hopefully I return the favour.”
Logan revealed he never thought his stay at Pittodrie would be as long as this after joining on loan.
Having scored on his 100th and 150th appearances for Aberdeen he is keen to find the net against Neil McCann’s Dee today, but insists the most important thing is collecting three points as the third-placed Dons look to go into the international break on a high.
“I’ve been told it’s 200 and it’s a good milestone for me and I hope there’s a lot more games to come,” he said.
“I’ve scored on the 100th and 150th appearances, so it would be great to get a goal today.
“But more than that I would rather have the three points than have me scoring.
“I want the three points and to go into the international break in good spirits.
“I most definitely didn’t see myself being here so long and playing that number of games.
“I thought it was a six-month thing but it’s turned out the way it has and I’m more than happy here.
“I’ve been happy ever since I came here and for me it’s a case of long may it continue.
“I’ve got another two years, so there’s plenty of games there to be played and maybe I can reach that 300-game mark.”
When reflecting on his time in the Granite City, Logan picks out the League Cup final victory on penalties over Inverness Caley Thistle at Celtic Park fours years ago as a highlight.
He added: “The League Cup final in 2014 is one that sticks out, beating Rangers away last season was another good game.
“I’ve had some good games both personally and team-wise, but any win is good.
“But take the League Cup final, maybe not the game itself because it wasn’t so good, but the feeling after it was great.
“That’s one I would say but there are a lot of games that as long as you’ve won, you go off happy.”
Focusing on today’s clash with the Dark Blues, Logan is keen to get back to winning ways in the Premiership after only taking one point from their last three league encounters.
The Reds are in a battle with Rangers and Hibs to finish second.
But Logan is also wary of Dundee who are fighting to preserve their top-flight status.
He said: “I think looking over the two games we deserved to win.
“But with how it turned out it’s a great confidence builder, the lads are on a high making it to a semi-final and now we just have to continue the form in the league.
“We need to start picking up points in the league and we normally do well with the games going into the international break.
“So it gives you that week off with a good feeling in your stomach and it’s one to build on for the remainder of the season.
“Everyone has got their own battles in the league.
“For us it’s for second spot in that little mini league that we seem to have at the minute.
“Dundee have the same with Partick, Ross County and the teams down there.
“But every game is tough, some tougher than others, but it’s a game we have to go into – like I always say – and give 110%.”