Date: 14th January 2016 at 8:34am
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Aberdeen, following the one-nil defeat against Hearts in the Scottish Cup on Saturday, will now ‘concentrate on the league’ as they say.

Derek McInnes, speaking on the Official Website, couldn’t deny that Hearts were ‘the more aggressive’ side to begin with the poor start, with them scoring in the opening five-minutes, something that not only disappointed him but wasn’t one Aberdeen could recover from.

‘In the opening period of the game they were far more aggressive than us. We were well aware of their set-play threat with the size of them and when you lose two headers in your own box you normally cause yourselves trouble and that was the case. They got a great start and we were poor first half, there is no question about that. Half-time came at a good time for us and we were fortunate to only be 1-0 down.’

With Hearts having ‘something to hold onto’ they did that with him going on to admit they ‘outfought’ Aberdeen as opposed to ‘outplaying’ them but also wouldn’t, and couldn’t, deny they deserved their win and the place in round five.

He went onto add, saying he thought Adam Rooney could have had a penalty awarded for a foul on him, that the overall he was left ‘hugely disappointed’ but felt the second half was better anyway.

‘In the first half we didn’t even give ourselves a chance to cause any problems but at least in the second half we won more headers, passed the ball better and got into good areas. The ball bounced around the area and Andy had a good chance, I’ve not seen the Rooney penalty incident again but it looked like he got pulled back. Other than that we didn’t make the most of getting into good areas. We are hugely disappointed.’

The club want to be making ‘semi-final’s and final’s’ so with that chance going for another season, and a chance to compete for cup silverware gone, the aims are now to dust ourselves down and come again with a finish, ‘as high as we can’ in the league the main aim now.

He finished by admitting it’ll basically need Celtic to ‘lose the title’ but the Dons will look to get as many points as possible and see what this brings.

‘We now we want to go as strong as we can in the league. It would take Celtic having a poor points tally but we intend to get as many points as possible and see where it takes us. We probably are the only team that can fight it out with Celtic for the league.’

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