Nearly Every Game Is A 'Six-Pointer'
A tight league means every game counts
Aberdeen welcome St Johnstone today and defender Mark Reynolds thinks this and more and more SPL games can be described as "six-pointers". The Dons are looking to get back on track after suffering three SPL loses in a row, which has left them seventh in the table, albeit only a point behind the fifth-placed side from Perth. Reynolds, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, is well aware of the the importance a win or two can make to league positions as clubs battle for top-six and European opportunities. Reynolds said: "St Johnstone are certainly one of the form teams, they are up there on merit. They are getting good results and playing good football. There's a lot of teams going well in the league and the top six or seven teams are very tight so these games are becoming almost six-pointers. Three results catapult you up the league and as you've seen with us, we were one game away from going top of the league and now we are sitting mid-table. Losing a couple of games on the spin is costing you big time so I think we need to change that, get the three points and a win gets us right back into the mix." Aberdeen last won at home on 27 October and Reynolds pointed the home side's on-going injury problems as a reason for their recent slump. Stephen Hughes, Ryan Fraser, Ryan Jack, Rob Milsom, Chris Clark, Gary Naysmith and Isaac Osbourne all are still out of action while goalkeeper Jamie Langfield is suspended after losing his appeal against the red card picked up against Kilmarnock last week. Reynolds said: "Home form is what you build a successful season on. We need people to fear coming here. At the start of the season they were, no one was getting away with three points, we were getting draws and sneaking victories ourselves and that is what we built the strong season on. It is disappointing that teams are coming and taking cheap goals from us and taking the points. But I think part of that is down to the injuries. Any team who is going on a run has a settled starting eleven and at the start of the season we were lucky enough to have that. But unfortunately we have had a lot of players out with injury at the same time. The 11 guys who are going out are doing the best they can but you can never underestimate the advantage you have with a settled starting XI, and especially the back four. Now we have been playing guys out of position, guys who were doing well up front have been dropped to centre midfield and it is hard. People don't appreciate how hard it is for a left-sided player to play on the right-hand side. People think it is the same job but everything is different, all your angles are different and people are running at you on a different side. So it's a big job and the guys are doing it admirably but as I said, we would rather have our starting XI there and if everybody is fit it makes it so much easier."
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