Magennis eyes return to defence

  • Last Updated: September 24 2012, 8:38 BST

Josh Magennis expects to return to defensive duties in Aberdeen's next game, despite being his side's injury time hero against Motherwell.

Josh Magennis: Late goalscoring hero

The 22-year-old was moved from right-back to centre forward to help Aberdeen fight back from 3-1 down to earn a point with Magennis netting the equaliser with virtually the last kick of the game.

The Northern Irishman, who has already undergone one positional change early in his career when he traded being a goalkeeper for scoring goals as a striker, is now being utilised as a full-back for the Dons.

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Aberdeen 3 - 3 Motherwell

And despite his goalscoring exploits he expects to remain in Aberdeen's back four for the foreseeable future.

He said: "The gaffer has told me that I'm a right-back now. I'll be thrown up front if it is needed, like it was against Motherwell. I would be happier if we had a nice two-goal lead and I got to stay at right-back and help defend it.

"The change paid off against Motherwell but I don't think we should have been in that position as we have enough quality to be winning games."

Magennis was glad to see his side finally hit the back of the net at home after serving up three goalless draws in front of a frustrated Pittodrie faithful.

He said: "We know the fans expect a lot and they have every right to as they are the ones coming through the turnstiles and paying the wages. They have every right to get on our case if they think we aren't doing our job properly.

"There is always pressure when you play for any club but especially here because of the history and the fact that it is the only team in the city.

"It comes with the job and if you can't handle the pressure then I don't think you should be playing football."

After the 3-3 draw with Aberdeen, Motherwell boss Stuart McCall said he was excited about his side's forthcoming fixtures.

The Steelmen face Third Division Rangers on Wednesday in the Scottish Communities League Cup before taking on Celtic next weekend.

The Well boss said: "We have lost two points and two goals late on but we can only take encouragement from the manner in which we played. We have got two massive games coming up with back-to-back Old Firm games. They are terrific matches to be involved in.

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"We are sure Rangers will adopt a bit of a siege mentality when we go to Ibrox on Wednesday. It will possibly be a full house and great for the players to go and play in front of. Then we play Celtic at Fir Park at three o'clock on a Saturday which will be an unusual time to face them. They are great games to look forward to."

Motherwell remain unbeaten in the SPL and one point clear at the top but McCall is refusing to get carried away.

He added: "As I keep saying where we are in the league is irrelevant to me. It is a very tight league and on their day anyone can beat anyone."