Zaliukas could miss Anfield trip

Jambos captain Zaliukas was replaced at half-time at Pittodrie

in the SPL on Sunday and manager John McGlynn admitted after the

game that the Lithuanian defender was a major concern for the

play-off second leg at Anfield.

He said: “He picked up a thigh injury against Inverness Caley

and had to take a jag (painkilling injection) before the match

against Liverpool on Thursday and again today.

“Leading up to half-time he felt it again so we thought it was

best to take him off.

“We will just have to wait and see how he progresses through the

week to see whether or not he will be available for Thursday.”

Aberdeen dominated proceedings at Pittodrie but it was the

visitors who almost stole all three points when Andrew Driver

struck the woodwork in stoppage time.

McGlynn said: “If we had scored that one at the end it would

have felt like we had mugged them. It would have been daylight

robbery.

“We would have taken it but that’s how crazy football is as we

had our backs to the wall for long spells and had to defend really

well. I think it would have been very harsh had we walked away with

all three points.”

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has an injury concern of his own

after seeing left-back Gary Naysmith hobble off with a hamstring

injury.

He said: “He is despondent as he thinks he could be out for a

while. I think three games in a week, including extra time, took

its toll on Gary.

“Gary didn’t come in until halfway through the pre-season.

Archie Knox’s pre-season is superb and had he been here from the

start then three games in a week would have been easy for him.”

The Dons boss praised his players after the match and felt they

were unfortunate not to take all three points.

Brown said: “I was very proud of the team today. It took us 25

minutes or so to get bedded in but for the last hour or so I

thought we were the dominant team. I think had we lost the goal at

the end it would have been a real travesty. I can’t fault the team

in any way apart from the lack of goals.”

Brown sent a message of congratulation to Aberdeen golfer and

Dons fan Paul Lawrie for winning the Johnnie Walker Championship at

Gleneagles and said he hoped his side could replicate the

success.

He added: “It is a fantastic achievement. Paul was at our game

against St Johnstone last Saturday with his son Michael. He texts

me regularly and he can be quite a critic!

“After the training yesterday morning, Archie Knox and I went

down to Gleneagles to watch him play the back nine. There was a

good Aberdeen support down there for him and Alex McLeish was there

as well.

“He supports us and we support him. He is successful and we are

trying to be successful.”