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WE'LL HAVE OUR DAY IN PAREDISE; McInnes urges Dons'Army to roar their heroes to glory DONS BOSS SAYS FANS CAN INSPIRE TEAM.

Byline: Michael Gannon

DEREK MCINNES has urged the Red Army to roar his troops to cup glory.

The Aberdeen boss has been blown away by the response to the Dons reaching the League Cup Final - with 40,000 Dandies set to turn Parkhead red.

The Dons even requested more tickets to meet the surging demand but were refused by the SPFL due to segregation issues.

McInnes has mobilised the huge fan base after steering his side to the verge of glory.

Now he's aiming to take out 19 years of hurt against Inverness on Sunday.

The Pittodrie gaffer knows it will be down to his players to seize the chance to lift a first trophy since winning the same competition in 1995.

But he is adamant the foot soldiers in the stands can play their part in ending the pain in Paradise, saying: "It would be impossible not to be inspired by the noise of 40,000 supporters showing their thirst for success.

"It would be great if we Turn to Page 29 From Back Page could have that real strong vocal backing that we've had up and down the country this season, none more so than we had against St Johnstone in the semi-final.

"The atmosphere created by our support that day was simply terrific.

"It really did make the game special and turned the day into something to remember - and this could be the same.

"However, we have to keep sight of the fact that it's still what we do on the pitch that will ultimately determine whether we win the cup or not.

"Just because we have a huge support and are a club with a strong past doesn't mean we are going to be handed a trophy.

"We have to go and win it for those fans who we know have been starved of success."

Dons defender Mark Reynolds echoed his gaffer's wish.

He said:"Everybody expected our fans to be there in their numbers but 40,000 has surpassed what anybody had predicted.

"Hopefully it will be an incredible atmosphere."


TAKE IT AS RED Derek McInnes hopes to end the barren years for the Red Army, left
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 13, 2014
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