Date: 6th May 2015 at 7:18pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has said he was deeply disappointed to see us suffer the one nil defeat to Dundee United at the weekend.

Speaking to the Official Site after the game, McInnes says he felt we started the match well and we were sticking to the game plan and playing well enough to achieve our intention which was to win the game, but then despite the control we seemed to have, we game away a poor goal from our point of view by giving them too much time and space, and then we were chasing it.

‘After they scored I felt the game was a bit frantic from my point of view. We lacked cool heads and composure. We threw everything at it and we did have chances. We also made changes but it became a bit like a game of basketball, where we had a chance and then they had a chance. We maybe should have done more with some of the chances we had. Rooney had a free header and then there was a couple of times when the ball just fell either side of some of our players in the box. Sometimes that happens.’

McInnes went on to say that it was obviously a ‘tough match’ and he felt both groups of players put a lot into the game, but sadly for us we just couldn’t get the leveller and given the overall performance – despite the frantic elements to it – he felt we were probably deserving of a point.

‘The performance was not too bad but it was a bit frantic. The nature of the game, we knew the importance of winning, and that maybe had a bearing on how the game went. It felt like a cup tie. Our fans played their part by coming down in good numbers. They really got behind the players and I was delighted to see the way they applauded the players at the end of the game. The players deserve that as they gave it absolutely everything.’

McInnes went on to say that given how the season played out it was a case of when not if Celtic won the league, but he was pleased to see us play our part and run them so closely so he congratulated them on their success, but he knows we can take a lot of positives from the season we’ve had as well but if anything, it still shows that despite our improvement there is still a further gap we need to close.

‘We congratulate Celtic on winning it. We felt that if they showed their true potential they would win and they have done that on a regular basis. We are pleased with our efforts. We have taken the Championship to four games to go. We wanted to take it to three games to go and then to two games but as I say I always thought they would win it, it was just a matter of when. We have improved this season, we are ten points better off from where we were at this time last year. We are more than capable of getting 80 points and we will try and get that. The intention next season will be to roll our sleeves up and give a bit more. We have every reason to be confident about next season, I have said that to the players. We will have that team in the dressing room again, a few boys will leave, a few boys will come in, but there will not be too many changes.’

McInnes also went on to reference the fact that two years ago he watched a game between us and Dundee United where it decided who got into the top six, so 24 months on we are safe in second position and the game decided ‘when’ Celtic won the title, so that in itself shows how far we have come.

‘The players deserve all the credit for getting us to this stage. It is important that we maintain our standards and push on.’

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