Date: 31st August 2015 at 7:57pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has said he’s been delighted to have seen Aberdeen win the first five games so far, and a bigger delight is that we are sharing the goals around nicely in the team and not just relying on one or two players.

Speaking to the Official Site following the most recent two nil victory over Partick, the gaffer explained that he felt we hadn’t quite got what we deserved again in the first half, but thankfully the players managed to make a telling difference in the final 45 minutes.

‘To have now won our first five games, having only conceded one goal, and to have a good spread of goal scorers is pretty pleasing. Similar to last week we were pretty dominating in the first half but went in at half time goalless. We then had to try and find a way to get our noses in front, with only 45 minutes to do it but again the boys have come up trumps. They have shown good experience and good determination to make sure the game went our way.’

Having said that, McInnes went on to praise the opposition as being a good side and he felt they had made a good contest of the game as well, although thankfully without causing us too many problems in terms of threats in front of the goal themselves – although obviously in both halves they had their moments.

‘To win any tight game away from home you need your goalkeeper and your centre forward to play well and I thought both did today. I thought there were a lot of good performances from my team. There were a lot of strong performances. A 2-0 victory away from home against a team who are only going to improve was a pleasing result.’

As for the opening goal being somewhat controversial with a potential handball by Adam ahead of the strike, McInnes said his first impressions were that it came up and hit him so man ball to hand than anything else, but he could appreciate in those circumstances why they felt so aggrieved.

‘I have not seen the first goal yet. We maybe got a little break but I felt our first half dominance meant it was maybe a break that we deserved.’

With the game meaning a record of wins at the beginning of the campaign, the gaffer confirmed that had been raised ahead of the match and it was obviously a bonus but what was important was our points tally and our continuing form – especially bouncing back from Europe.

‘We are just trying to take each game as it comes. What was important for us was to come off the back of the European games and still to be strong in the leagues games up until the international break. To go into the break with fifteen points from fifteen, that was our sole motivation today. The record is just a nice little extra.’

With two Liverpool players in our ranks now on loan, McInnes added that he hoped McLaughlin would bring us something different and hopefully he could repeat the success so far that Ward has had and he joked that one of the players had said with a burgeoning relationship with Liverpool could we start organising loans in the other direction as well.

‘The fact Danny Ward has done well and we are in constant contact with Liverpool probably helped us bring in Ryan. If Ryan can do as well as Danny I will be very pleased. I am not sure Liverpool see us having a permanent relationship with them but I would not mind it! One of the players joked, I think he was joking, can some of us start going the other way. I said I was a manager and not a magician!’


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