Date: 19th January 2016 at 4:02pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has said that Aberdeen needed both their hearts and their heads to take victory over Ross County at the weekend.

Making the trip to Victoria Park for Sunday’s encounter against the side, it was a mixed game for the Dons as having fallen behind, and then taken a three one lead – Ross hit back to make it a one goal game in the final ten minutes and it set up a nervy end – especially as we had been down to ten men.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press interviews, McInnes knew it had been an incredible battle and it wasn’t just digging in and being determined at points that was needed, the side also had to be sensible in parts of the game to ensure we saw it through.

Having done that he felt it was more than a justified three points come the final whistle.

‘I thought it was a very well deserved win. I thought we played a lot of good stuff and at times, we were excellent. We started well, we were on the front foot and in the first 10 or 15 minutes, it was one way traffic. Scott Brown did not have a touch, but there was plenty for him to do later on and he made some very good saves. We should have got ourselves in front but we failed to do that and then we had to respond to going behind and going down to ten men. It was a long way back from there, a real double whammy.’

What pleased McInnes though was the response of the players when Reynolds was sent from the field, and going in at the half time break two one was a boost for everyone.

‘The response from the players was very good. To go 2-1 up at half-time gave us something to hold on to and I thought we were comfortable for most of the second half. The third goal, which turned out to be the winner, said everything about the team this afternoon. Our left-back got high up the pitch and has crossed for the right-back to score when we are playing with 10 men. They sensed an opportunity and thankfully we managed to take it and ultimately it gave us the three points.’

The gaffer went on to praise the spirit of the group he’s working with as whilst performances aren’t always what he comes to expect from them, the willing and the heart is always there so the task during the week is unlocking that performance and trying to find it consistently.

‘We are nine games undefeated in the league and we have had a lot of good wins in those nine games, but today feels a bit more than just three points to be honest. When you go down to ten men for so long, we have had to play well. We have had to play with our heads as well as our hearts today and I thought the players did that. I thought the player’s right through from Scott Brown to the front were excellent today. There are 16 games to go and it is important we try and get as many wins as possible.’

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