Date: 6th October 2015 at 9:31am
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Manager Derek McInnes has said he was gutted at full time in the five one loss to St Johnstone at the weekend.

Audio – McInnes On St Johnstone Loss
Video – St Johnstone Highlights

With a heavy defeat on home soil really bringing everybody back down to earth as our seasonal form so far went out the window as we registered back to back defeats, and very disappointed manager told the Official Site that again the best team on the day won all the points and whilst we did do some things well in the game, it was difficult to focus on those given everything else we did that couldn’t be described as good.

‘We didn’t deal with set-plays, the first four goals come from that. The team that won more tackles and headers won the game. The team that were more streetwise and strong and stood up to the physical side of the game won. We had to be strong at set-plays, that’s where most games are won and lost.’

McInnes went on to say that we started the game on the front foot and he felt it was a bright start from us – but there was a big ‘but’ coming.

‘But it’s difficult to even mention some of the good stuff because if you can’t defend your box and can’t see the importance of seeing off the opponent’s threat then you are always going to be up against it. In a 90 minute game the biggest drain on confidence is losing cheap goals. Set-plays come with responsibility and when responsibility isn’t met there comes a bit of embarrassment for the players and I think it affected some players a bit today.’

That certainly affected the players in his mind because he knows Aberdeen don’t make a habit losing many games at all, and ‘certainly’ not by that kind of margin and largely we don’t lose goals from set plays as it has been one of our strengths, but effectively everything that could go wrong on the goals conceded front at the weekend did and we had no answer.

‘It was a shock how we didn’t deal with it more than embarrassment. We expect more of ourselves and the supporters expect more of their team. We are strong at home and we look forward to playing here, we have got good players but if you don’t do the ugly side of the game you are open to that sort of defeat.’

If anything McInnes wanted to use the defeat for exactly what it was, a wake up call and proof that ‘there is work to be done’ and what gives him confidence on that score is in knowing that it’s an ‘honest’ group of players and those words won’t come as a shock to them, because they know it themselves and are in agreement.

‘They know that everything I am saying is right. We are not known as a team who give cheap goals and don’t compete like we have been in the past two games. There are certain aspects that it is clear that we have to improve on. I’ve got a brilliant set of boys who we know didn’t perform today. In the past they have shown they have the attitude and ability to play here. There is a lot expected of Aberdeen teams but we have met that challenge before and we will meet it again so there is no panic but there is a recognition that things have to improve.’


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