Date: 16th February 2016 at 2:42pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has said that he felt Aberdeen were very harshly treated in both boxes in last night’s defeat to Inverness.

Travelling to the Caledonian Stadium, Aberdeen’s recent run came to an end with a three one defeat meaning the first defeat since the Scottish Cup loss to Hearts back at the beginning of January and the first in the League for 12 matches.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press interviews a frustrated and disappointed McInnes believes the game should’ve gone a different way and unfortunately decisions we’re ‘pivotal’ in our defeat.

‘We got off to a great start, Storie does great in the middle of the park and plays a good ball into Adam who sticks in away as he does. We then make a poor decision which allows Inverness back into it. A 1-1 the game is there to be won, it was finely poised. I think in the last three seasons we have had a lot of tight games against Inverness and we have always had the upper hand until this season.’

McInnes went on to say that at one all he felt the game was ‘there to be won’ by us, but that’s when ‘key decisions in both boxes’ went against the side and he says his in the moment beliefs on the calls by the officials were proven right when he watched particular incidents back on DVD replays.

‘They have been quite pivotal in the outcome of the result. The penalty, I did not there was anything in it. Having seen it again there is no contract and the player has bought a penalty. He has gone down without any contact and the referee has assumed there has been contact. Again there is clearly not so we are disappointed that decision has not gone our way.’

The gaffer went on to say that in their last game he felt the same player had brought a penalty as well, so it’s now two for two with a maximum reward.

‘You hope that the referee sees it as it is. I think if he saw it again he would make a different decision. I have to say Inverness played well but when the game is finally poised as it was that decision was pivotal. I think we have been harshly treated in both boxes.’

As for our own penalty shout for Shinnie, McInnes is convinced there was contact and he was knocked to the floor but no decision, same as when Taylor was pulled down.

‘On both of those occasions it could have been a penalty for us and possibly should have been.’

He also confirmed that Jonny Hayes had picked up a tear in his hamstring but the extent of the damage wasn’t yet known until scans were done.

‘We have 36 points to play for. We move on to Friday and try and win the game. I think it is important we demonstrate what the players have shown over the last 12 games during the unbeaten run. We have to demonstrate the same fight again. We just try and go and win the next one and hopefully start another unbeaten run. That will be difficult against Partick Thistle but it is important that we pick ourselves up. There is no criticism of our players. We have overcome a lot of challenges during this run and answered a few people and it is up to us to try and keep answering them. Answering them by getting back to winning ways as quickly as possible.’

He ended by saying that there were plenty of points left to play for and people needed to remember that, but equally he knows we can and will play better than we did against Inverness.

‘We aim to be better on Friday. We aim to be as determined as we have been over this last little while and we aim to get all three points.’

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