Date: 30th June 2015 at 5:30pm
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Another pre season friendly ahead of the 2015-16 season and another win for Aberdeen.

Another game at Glebe Park, this time against Premiership opposition St Johnstone saw an Adam Rooney winning penalty just under 20 minutes from full time, and has to be considered the best possible build up ahead of Thursday’s Europa League game.

For a full match report please click here.

Aberdeen:

Brown (Ward 46), Logan (Taylor 46), Shinnie, Reynolds, Considine (Robson 60), Jack (Flood 46), Hayes, McGinn, Quinn (Shankland 85), Rooney (Smith 72), Pawlett (Goodwillie 60).

Subs:

Wright, Rose, Storie.

St Johnstone:

Mannus, Shaughnessy, McKay, Wright, Easton, Scobbie, Wotherspoon, Davidson, Lappin, O’Halloran, Sutton.

Subs:

Clark, Brown, McLean, Caddis, Kane, Rodgers, McLaren.

Crowd: 1,248.

Speaking himself following the game, manager Derek McInnes again said at this stage of pre season it wasn’t really about the result, but he was of course delighted to see us pick up our second win because of what it will do for the confidence of the players.

‘Results are not the most important thing although it is always nice to win. The main aim today was to get minutes under the players belts. Some players were needing a full 90 minutes which they managed to get. It was also important to get some confidence into the players ahead of Thursday’s game. Whatever way you get that confidence from, whether it be from your general fitness, your sharpness, goals for strikers, clean sheets for the defenders or whether it is just from winning the game, it is important each player feels confident going into the match. Therefore I am pleased with the way things went this afternoon.’

With us opening pre season with a behind closed doors game, this was our second proper friendly of the summer, and McInnes added that it was definitely a step up in terms of intensity from those matches, but ahead of the European Thursday encounter that was exactly what we needed.

‘It was certainly a step up from the previous two games we have had and both teams will feel the benefit of that. Going into your first competitive game you are never totally sure how things will go, even when you have had a proper long pre-season with six or seven games. Nothing really prepares you for that first game. We have to play with an edge to our play on Thursday.’

What also pleases him from our preparations so far is the movement of players and systems, so he feels we are quite flexible in our approach at the minute and hopefully that can only help us.

He also confirmed we picked up no injuries in the game so the travelling party will be as is – plus hopefully with the return of Kenny McLean who picked up a knock against Brechin.

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