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Derek McInnes | Partick Post Match

March 10, 2018 11:25 pm Author: AFC Media Team

“Condition were difficult.

“I thought by and large we came here as an away team, we controlled the game without really being in top gear, especially in that attacking third.

“We had good composure on the ball and worked the ball into some good areas. I thought my goalkeeper had nothing to do apart from the last minute breakaway.

“I thought we kept their attacking threat to a minimum. I thought we kept the traffic going towards their box. I think you could see a lot of willingness from my players and a real desire to get back to winning ways. We put a lot into it.

“Sometimes when you have that desire from each and every player – that necessity to get back to winnings ways – Sometimes that can stifle the performance a bit. We were not instinctive in the final third. I thought we did not bring those moments of quality that you need.

“I thought we were rushed when we did not need to be, I thought we dwelled on it when we could have been more decisive. We missed the opportunity to take more shots on. I thought at other times we took shots on from too deep instead of playing another pass. That final decision making can be the difference.

“We have got good players here and some of them were uncharacteristically rushed at times but there is no doubt the willingness from the players was there to try and get the result.

Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnes

“A combination of Partick defending well and making it difficult in the second half and us huffing and puffing a bit resulted in us not scoring.

“We will take the positives from the game; the clean sheet. Also we got a point knowing we can be better. I think for us to meet the demands that we want from ourselves this season we have to try and find a way to win tight games like that. Hopefully we can do that on Tuesday.

“On Tuesday we will have to be better in the final third.

“I thought we defended very well today. I though O’Connor and McKenna were outstanding. We were solid in the full back areas as well and snuffed out their threat. Towards the end I have put on as an attacking team as I can. We had good attacking options on the bench. We threw everything at it to try and find a way to win.

“I think defensively we were good, I thought we were competitive enough. We will get there. We have been here before. Sometimes you just need a break. Sometimes you need a bit of luck. Sometimes you need that bit of quality. Today we just did not have that bit of quality in the final third.

“I am not surprised where Rangers and Celtic are. I am not surprised where Hibs are. I am just trying to concentrate on ourselves. It is about trying to meet the demands that we have met over the past couple of seasons. Each year it is more and more difficult to try and reach them. I still feel we are capable with this squad of finishing the season strongly.

“We are in a better place than the majority of teams. We have got an opportunity to get ourselves into a semi-final and we are third in the league. We have opportunity still between now and the end of the season to win games and to get to where we want to get to. It is not all doom and gloom. I think it is important for me and the players and the staff to all stick together and work hard. My experience from these types of runs, when you go four games without a win, you need to work that bit harder and take that extra bit of responsibility for your performance then you can turn the corner.

“I am sure if we can get ourselves into a semi-final on Tuesday it will no doubt help going into the next league game.

“Disappointed as we are today, I can still take a lot of positives from certain aspects of it.”

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