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Jonny Hayes | Post Match Reaction

April 11, 2021 1:10 am Author: afc media
Jonny Hayes | Post Match Reaction

Match winner Jonny Hayes spoke to RedTV after the game and was full of praise for the work done by Paul Sheerin and Barry Robson, which enabled the side to gain a first league away win in 2021.

“It is always important at Aberdeen to win games. Today we wanted to win for Paul and Barry who have been brilliant. I am delighted to have picked up the three points for them.

“Paul is a great coach. I saw what he was doing when he was going through his pro-licence and have now worked with him at Aberdeen for a good number of years. He has got a great understanding of the game. Both Paul and Barry have been working 20 hour days the past few weeks, just seeing what they can tweak to give us the best chance to go and win games. They have worked tirelessly.

“It was always going to be a tight game this afternoon.

“Over the last number of years St Johnstone have been tough opponents for everyone, especially down here. Looking back over these games, there have been very few free-flowing matches between the sides. And the conditions today did not help either.

“We knew we would have to defend well and then attack at the right times, as you do in most games away from home. We also knew if we could get a goal we have been solid enough defensively to see the game out.

“And that is how it worked out.

“The goal, it was something we have been working on, particularly this week. We have been looking at the forward runs. Paul has been working on building up the play and Barry has been encouraging the forward players to make more forward runs and to be more direct. That work on the training pitch has paid off with the win today.

“Towards the end St Johnstone obviously had a couple of good chances. Rooney has had a header at the back post after Stevie May flicked it on to take the flight of the ball away from myself and Jack. And then Joe has made an outstanding save. He won’t mind me saying this, but I expected it of him. You know when you have someone in goal of his statute, he can produce those game winning saves, which is what they are.

“It is very pleasing to get the three points and now we can look to try and finish the season as positively as possible.

“We now have a new manager coming in to try and impress.”