Date: 2nd March 2015 at 10:03am
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Manager Derek McInnes was a disappointed man following our four nil loss to Celtic, because he knows we can perform a lot better than we did on the day.

Having taken a first half lead, Celtic took control in the second period scoring three more times and despite us almost having the same number of chances on target, we just weren’t clinical enough on the day to affect the final result.

Speaking to the Official Site following the match, McInnes explained that he thought we started the game well and were sticking to the game plan we had set out, but unfortunately with us not making the most of the opportunities that fell our way we were made to pay for it.

‘The intention was always to try and impose ourselves on the game. We did not want to sit back and wait for things to happen. We had to try and make things happen. I thought our approach to the game was good at the start. We had some strong performers during the opening period and played a lot of the game in Celtic’s final third. We were maybe guilty of not making more of the opportunities we had. We had a lot of corner kicks and free kicks going into the box. To then lose the first goal from a corner kick was disappointing.’

McInnes goes on to say that the goal came from a combination of things that we should’ve dealt with better really, and it was the third goal from a corner we have conceded against them, and he felt we hadn’t learnt previous lessons from that.

‘There was a slight adjustment with Jonny Hayes going off. That was a massive blow as he was very influential.’

But he knows he can’t really use that as an excuse.

Having kept he score to one nil going into the break, there was a belief we could get back into it and he was looking for a response from the players in the second half, but again despite starting relatively brightly – it didn’t last and we didn’t make that period count, and Celtic extended their lead.

‘I thought we started fine. It sounds petty now because we have lost 4-0 but at 1-0 we should have had a penalty when the ball clearly hits Bitton’s hand. They then go up the park and get their penalty – which was a penalty. From 2-0, Celtic were in complete control of the game and took full advantage of our desperation to try and get back in it.’

The final two goals in his mind came from ‘over enthusiasm’ and a lack of ‘discipline’ in terms of keeping our shape when we moved forward trying to get that goal back. We left ourselves exposed, we were untidy in possession and we were again made to pay for it.

With the result also bringing an end to our unbeaten run, whilst disappointed, he wasn’t going to go overboard given the size of the result.

‘Celtic punished our mistakes and lack of organisation. There is a lot to like about our team. I am not going to be too critical of my players. We are always looking to improve and Celtic have got players who can test your discipline. I am looking for improvement and the players are looking for that themselves. Sometimes you have to experience disappointment to get stronger. We have a young team who are still learning and there are things we can improve on. There are areas we must improve on to make the next step.’

Ending his after match interviews, McInnes said the result was obviously ‘sore’ but Celtic deserved the win and we have to accept that and move forward to the next game, learning the lessons that we can.

‘There is still a lot of points to play for and we will try and win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season and see where it takes us.’

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