Date: 1st December 2015 at 4:01pm
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Manager Derek McInnes and Niall McGinn have both given their thoughts on the three one victory over Ross County.

Video – Ross County Highlights (h)

With the scoreline looking pretty comfortable, gaffer McInnes admitted that was from from the case at points as it was the battle he expected it to be.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game in his post match press conference, McInnes said it had all been about our second half performance following a very poor first 45 by anyone’s standards – let alone our own.

‘It was important that we came out fighting in the second half and showed our intent. In the first half we lost a poor goal which added to the anxiety and we never really got going but we know that Ross County are the type of team that can put teams under pressure. We could have dealt with the goal two or three times before it ended up in the back of the net so that was disappointing and it made the job that bit harder.’

McInnes went on to say the message at half time was there’s 45 minutes left and plenty of time to fix what we were doing wrong, get ourselves back into the game and then get the result we wanted and with the side going out and doing just that, he couldn’t have been more pleased with the response.

‘We can talk to them but they are the ones that got over the line and I couldn’t be more pleased for them. They showed everybody exactly what we have got in the dressing room and it’s good to keep a few people quiet. The first goal comes, then the second one came quickly and the third, it was just relentless. I thought we were first to every ball and we were winning headers that we maybe weren’t winning in the first half. We were also playing in the right areas and we were winning tackles. We had pace and intent and we were absolutely relentless with our work and it was no more than we deserved, a brilliant three points for us.’

Niall McGinn came in for praise as being one of the players doing ‘good things’ in the first half, but he knows that gets forgotten about because of the score, so he was pleased with him for a good second half showing as it did him justice overall.

‘It would have been easy for the players to duck responsibility but they deserve the credit for coming out fighting. It’s not about what was said at half-time, it was for them to help themselves and they did it by themselves. They should be so pleased with that. We are 2nd in the league and we are a point ahead of where we were last year. We broke a league record last year for a non-old-firm team points tally and I still think we can have a successful campaign. I understand that the expectations are higher now and it’s important that we try and meet those challenges.’

With McGinn coming in for praise he was also in front of the media following the match and he had to admit it was the proverbial game of two halves but thankfully we improved enough to get the result we had wanted on the day – but he had to credit the opposition for their approach in the first period.

‘It was definitely a game of two halves. In the first half Ross County were dominant, they were first to second balls and got us turning towards our own goals but in the second half I thought we were outstanding. We got them turning, we got the ball wide and got the goals in the end. We knew that the first half wasn’t good enough so we gathered round and had a word, the manager had a say as well and we knew what we had to go and do. We ended up winning the game quite comfortably in the end and we know that Ross County are a good team.’

McGinn went on to say clearly that when you play for a ‘big club’ and you aren’t getting the results that would be expected you have to accept criticism will come your way and you have to respond to it and at the moment he feels the team are dealing with knocks well and showing the spirit, determination and quality needed to turn things around.

‘We have got to get back to basics by keeping clean sheets and taking chances when they come along. We are always entitled to get a bit of criticism when we are not doing well and the players know that themselves. We have got a great squad of players and at the start of the season the spirit was great. We obviously had a blip and then things were not quite as good and we felt a bit down because it seemed that everything was going against us but in the second half we showed the spirit that we have in that dressing room. To be a part of that, and to see the reaction of the fans and the players when the goals went in was great.’

Of course the aim is to now show further improvement, cut out the errors and keep a good run of results going that sees us pick up as many three points as we can in the remainder of the campaign and then we’ll have to see if we finish where we want to.

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