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Pre-Season | St Johnstone | The Manager Post Match

July 8, 2018 9:41 pm Author: AFC Media Team

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Post Match Quotes to the Press

“Obviously, the main reason coming here today was for Chris’ testimonial.

“We rejigged our schedule to make sure we were here. But from the point of view of our own preparations it was an important game for us. I thought the Falkirk game during the week was a step forward, more competitive than the game in Ireland, then I thought today was more competitive again as we were up against some good players. It is still about three weeks to our first game, St Johnstone have a game on Saturday so they are maybe a bit ahead of us but I thought it was a decent enough contest.

“There were spells were there was a bit of disruption with the substitutions, but there were good spells as well with good play from both teams.

“Delighted with the response to losing the first goal. We should have dealt better with the threat. Then to go 2-1 up which pleased me. I thought we did well in the first half, Scott Wright, Stevie May, Lewis Ferguson did well; and Scott McKenna was outstanding again.

“By and large it was a good exercise for us. I was a bit disappointed with the way the game played out, I kept some strong substitutes so we had players to come on to keep the strength of the performance up but in the second half but that did not quite materialise. I don’t think you can say St Johnstone didn’t deserved an equaliser.

“It is pre-season and the result is not the most important thing.

“Unfortunately, we have picked up a couple of injuries and knocks.

“Sam Cosgrove got a kick in his calf and it tightened up, so we had to take him off at half time. Stephen Gleeson in the build up to their second goal was fouled and has hurt his knee. It is not looking great to be honest but we will see how he is tomorrow. There are one or two other little things. Chris Forrester missed the game with a slight groin strain.

“There is no doubt that when youngsters get into the Aberdeen first team, they are there because they are talented.

“With Scott McKenna there is a steeliness, a personality, a determination; and that is the test for a lot of young players. They have to recognise that getting into the team is only the start. They have to keep working hard. McKenna has hardly put a foot wrong since he came into the side. He is the perfect example. It is not easy to stay in the team. It is not easy to play and be as strong as he is. A lot of work gets done Monday to Friday and a lot of it is in his head as well. Scott (McKenna) is strong mentally. He has the confidence and belief to go and make the most of what he has got.

“I think the bar has been raised the last couple of years at Aberdeen and it is not easy to establish yourself in the first team but Scott Wright could be one, could be, one that does something similar to McKenna. Again, it is all about making the most of opportunities, making the most of every day.

“I have really enjoyed working with Scott (Wright) since he came back. He has been bright with his work. I thought he got the balance right today. He should not feel the need to do something every time he gets the ball. But there were enough big moments where he influenced our attacking play. He can be really pleased with that and hopefully he uses the performance today to kick on.”

The manager also gave an update on the latest transfer speculation:

“We put a bid in for John Marquis. Not the fee that was reported. An offer was put in, but it was rejected so we look elsewhere.”

 

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