Date: 2nd August 2015 at 7:38pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has said he was delighted with the opening day Premiership victory over Dundee United earlier this afternoon.

With a long haul this week travelling to and from Kairat Almaty for the first leg of the Europa League Third Round Qualifier, the gaffer told the Official Site following the game today that he had to be pleased with the overall performance and the three points because preparation for our trip to Tannadice this week hadn’t exactly been ideal.

‘I am absolutely delighted. With the circumstances before the game we showed a lot of determination, a lot of good play and as an away team coming here we had a fair level of control of the game for long spells. Once we went in front there was a level of maturity about our performance and I thought we managed that well as well.’

With the winner coming late on in the game – eight minutes from full time – with a looping Kenny McLean header that he certainly didn’t mean, until that point it had looked like Aberdeen would end the game bemoaning wasteful finishes on the day, but thankfully that wasn’t case at the full time whistle.

‘We were bemoaning a lack of quality in the final third with crosses, that final pass and our set-play delivery as we had real opportunities time and time again to put real pressure on United and I thought we let them off the hook at times. That’s nit-picking though as we would have took that result before the game, coming here as an away team with everything that we had to endure we should be talking about the strength and determination of the players.’

McInnes went on to say that despite the week we’ve had, he was confident that we would be fresh and would have the fitness to see the game through but obviously there was that worry about mental fatigue given all the travelling, so he was pleased to see us keep it tight at the back and not give ourselves a mountain to climb in the match. Of course the clean sheet was a bonus on that front so our Liverpool loanee came in for praise.

‘Danny made himself big and stuck out a left hand and it was a great save at a pivotal moment in the game. You are never going to come to a venue like United and get it all your own way, you are probably going to need your keeper to make a couple of good saves and he did his job there. We are grateful to Liverpool and Brendan for them seeing Aberdeen as a good choice for him to go out on loan and we are now giving him the benefit of playing in games like this, European games and he is rewarding us with performances.’

One thing McInnes was quick to point out though was expectation for the 2015-16 season and he knows he can’t do anything about what other people are saying about the club – good or bad – but the expectation is clearly there and that’s something he wants to match if we can.

‘That level of expectation has been there since day one and this is why we were keen to take this job on. Players should want to sign for Aberdeen, there must be an element when they sign, whether they have come through the youths or outwith that they come to Aberdeen to win things and be successful. We are confident with how we work and that we have a good dressing room that can deliver results and we are all here to try to win things and achieve something and I feel as though the players feel that.’

Key to that is obviously the support of the fans, remaining patient with the team when things go against us, but at the same time driving them on to better.

‘The support have more than played their part and we told the players that they would come here and give us great backing. Aberdeen have got off to good starts in the past but I feel that there is something real about my team, I feel that in every game we play we will make it difficult for the opposition and we might not always be at our best but we will make it tough for them because we see the importance of winning.’

With the Europa League second leg now up on the cards next Thursday, and us trailing two one on aggregate but with that all important away goal, the gaffer remained optimistic about our chances of reaching the Play Off Round now.

‘On Thursday there is anticipation that we will have 20,000 in Pittodrie getting right behind the team but it will only be a special night if we get the job done and get through. It’s going to be a big challenge as they are a good team as you have seen but bring it on, we are looking forward to it and it will be one that we will relish and try and set about in the right manner and hopefully it goes our way and we get through.’


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