Date: 18th May 2015 at 7:24pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has said he was pleased to see Aberdeen draw level in the game against Dundee as he felt our performance had warranted the point.

With Adam Rooney getting the late leveller in the game at the weekend, McInnes told the Official Site that on the balance of the game he felt a point a piece was the right result.

‘I thought we deserved a point. I did not think there was much between the sides in terms of performance but we created far more chances. Their goalkeeper has pulled off a couple of good saves. We were also so guilty of being wasteful in front of goal and we have been like that quite a few times against Dundee this season. We have not taken full advantage of those chances.’

He went on to say that in the opening 45 minutes he felt we had made one mistake defensively, and Dundee capitalised perfectly on that.

‘We should have gone and dealt with the situation and they have taken advantage with a good finish. We then have work to do to get back into the game. We chopped and changed a bit as we tried to force the issue but we were never too convincing in terms of chances created in the second half. We went to a diamond formation eventually and I am just pleased we managed to get a point to send the fans home happy.’

Adding that more than anything he felt a point was deserved because of our ‘sheer perseverance’ over the 90 minutes, and he doesn’t think Dundee would’ve felt robbed by us getting the equaliser on the day.

As for the goalscorer, well Rooney notched up his 28th goal of the season and McInnes went on to joke that he had now ‘won his little personal bet with me!’ given a little challenge he had set him earlier in the campaign.

‘With 18 games to go I asked him to get double figures and he has now got 10 goals in his last 18 games which is a great effort. He is a fox in the box – he lives in that six yard box. When other players switch off or are following the ball he is switched on and alert and that is why he has scored as many goals.’

One thing the manager knew had to be addressed though was our reliance on Rooney to score as next season he wants a better spread throughout the team, and we do need to work on developing a more clinical edge as the chances wasted in this game by others proved that undoubtedly.

‘Today was an opportunity for one or two players and I think the performance could have been better. It was my decision to put Scott Brown up for a corner. It is the first time I have done that as a manager.’

The point also sees the club move on to 75 points and is a new best points tally, that for the gaffer shows how far we have come.

“That points total of 75 is something to rightly be proud of and it is testament to everyone at the club, especially he players. I was aware we had matched Hearts` record beforehand, so it is always good to get ahead of that. To amass 75 points is a fantastic return and shows what can be done. Although there was some disappointment in the cups, throughout the league my players have been at full pelt. Hopefully, we can add to that points tally with a win on Sunday in front of our own supporters.”

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