Date: 23rd February 2015 at 6:29pm
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Manager Derek McInnes was a happy man following our three nil victory over St Mirren at the weekend, and he felt it was the perfect response to his claim that we deserved more from our three nil victory over Hamilton in the last game.

A brace from Rooney and a solo effort from Reynolds gave us the win and another three points, and the gaffer told the Official Site that he felt it was another comfortable and well deserved scoreline for the side.

‘It was an excellent performance, I thought in every area of the team we were stronger than St Mirren. We didn’t take that for granted, these players have worked hard for the result and their motivation and appetite for the game should be commended. From start to finish we were very comfortable. Obviously the second goal knocks the stuffing out of St Mirren in their situation and from then on in it became really comfortable, we made a few more chances and got another goal from Mark Reynolds.’

McInnes goes on to say that he felt the team handled and played the conditions perfectly on the day, and although we struggled to get some tempo in our passing game, we set the tempo by the running and the movement so we could pick our choice of pass rather than stroking it around trying to prove.

‘We tried to be a bit more demanding of them at half time to make more runs forward and get crosses in the box and at the start of the season half Ryan Jack makes a great forward run into space, McGinn follows it up and we get the second goal.’

Adding that there ‘was a lot of good play’ from the team on the day, and for him he’s delighted with the form they have played themselves into and more importantly what they are giving him and the club at the minute, and he wants to highlight the reaction in the last three games especially because he doesn’t feel that should be ignored as he’s been pleased with that.

Best still for him, he feels the team are still showing improvement week on week and getting ‘stronger’.

He also accepts that if he’d have left Rooney on he could well have walked out with a hattrick, but in his mind it was the perfect opportunity to get Lawrence Shankland on and give our impressive goalscoring youngster more game time given he’s hit 22 goals in the under 20 league.

The gaffer ended by saying that back in January he said he wanted to be amongst it at the top of the table in February, and we are where he wanted us to be give or take, so he has to be pleased with that as we have 12 games left now to really push.

With Celtic up next though it’s difficult to not look further than that game, but in many ways that what he wants from the players – a focus on each game as it comes and an intention to do the very best we can in each 90 minutes to a maximum return. So on that score he was very pleased that the players didn’t take their eyes off the ball for the St Mirren game.

Making up for the two one loss on home soil last time out would certainly be welcome and a good boost, especially as McInnes admitted it was a lack of concentration that cost us – so he’ll be looking for us to show that improvement this time out because he’s convinced we have the quality.

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