Shaughnessy: Dons still contenders

  • Last Updated: November 28 2012, 16:52 GMT

Joe Shaughnessy hopes Aberdeen will have other opportunities to claim top spot in the SPL after blowing their chance against Inverness.

Joe Shaughnessy: Looking to challenge for the SPL title

Joe Shaughnessy

14. Joe Shaughnessy

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Victory in the clash at Pittodrie on Tuesday night would have allowed the home side to leapfrog Celtic to the summit, ahead of the Hoops' own clash with Hearts on Wednesday evening.

But a 3-2 win for Inverness saw them boost their league position instead, as Terry Butcher's men moved level on points with Celtic, albeit having played two games more.

However, Shaughnessy believes the Dons have more to offer and should not be written off as contenders this season.

Reflecting on the game, the defender told RedTV: "It was disappointing, especially at home with all our fans expecting.

"It was a chance to get to the top of the league but I'm sure there will be more if we can get back to the form we've been in.

"It's not like we've dropped down far. There is still a long way to go and hopefully we'll be up there come the end."

Shaughnessy now wants the fans to back Aberdeen again when they host Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup this weekend.

He added: "Every year, this cup is the big one. You always want to go as far as you can in the cup.

"It was a tough draw for an early round but we're at home and hopefully we will have the fans behind us and will get through to the next round."

Meanwhile, Aaron Doran expects Inverness to be boosted by back-to-back wins over Celtic and Aberdeen when they face Highland rivals Ross County in the cup.

The winger told the club's official Youtube channel: "To come back from behind and win 3-2 at Pittodrie was an unbelievable result for us.

"We're joint top of the league at the moment and everything went well for us.

"All the lads were buzzing in the dressing room and we can't wait for our game at the weekend against Ross County.

"It should be another great one and hopefully we can get another win.

"This was a big week for us, starting at Celtic last weekend.

"After the 5-1 loss to Motherwell at home, I don't think anyone expected us to get two wins from our next two games. It's just been brilliant."

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