Dons scrap away stays
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dons boss Steve Paterson has seen his side win just five times away from Pittodrie after spending the night before the games in plush hotels.
The club however, then won at Motherwell after staying at home and travelling to the game early on Saturday morning.
Both Paterson and assistant Duncan Shearer are used to travelling long distances on the day of the games from their time at Inverness and Shearer says that the players no prefer to stay at home.
"At Inverness, we didn't find any connection between staying away overnight on a Friday and getting results on a Saturday," said Shearer.
"We asked the boys here what they thought and the majority wanted to stay in their own beds.
"On Saturday we left at 9.30am and stopped at Dunblane for our pre-match meal and everything went right at Motherwell.
"If you go down the day before you can have too much time to think about the game.
"The boys were up for it on Saturday and I couldn't fault their attitude. Nothing lifts the spirits like a result.
"If we beat Dundee this Saturday we'll only be four points behind them.
"But it would take the teams above crashing for us to make the top six, so we are still talking relegation."
More good news for The Dons is that Scottish international Kevin McNaughton has returned to training after his hamstring injury.
"Kevin looked quite sharp in training and we will work hard with him over the next few days," added Shearer.
"He has a good chance of being included in the squad for Saturday."