Date: 22nd April 2015 at 7:31pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has given his reaction to the Dundee United victory that secured European football for Aberdeen for next season.

Audio – Dundee United Highlights
Highlights – Aberdeen 1 Dundee United 0

Speaking to the Official Site following the one nil victory thanks to Adam Rooney’s 27th strike of the season, McInnes said.

‘The better team won for me, we were very comfortable first half with good aggression to our play. We played the majority of the game in their half but you are not totally comfortable when you are playing against United because they have got players that when they pick the ball up 30 yards from goal make you a bit wary but I thought by enlarge we kept them at arm’s length and they never really troubled us. We scored a very good goal and from then on in I never thought we would lose the game.’

Of course the game got a bit more tricky when Aberdeen were reduced to ten men following the red card shown to Barry Robson, and McInnes admitted at that point the game then become a different beast for us and we needed to show other qualities to ensure we kept the clean sheet.

‘It’s not just about your ability and I thought we answered that side of it and dealt with everything they had. I think the right team won all three points and it’s a good day’s work for us.’

As for the sending off, McInnes said all he saw was a coming together and he certainly didn’t see an elbow that made the referees mind up following words from the linesman, and he still couldn’t see it when he watched the replay either so the club have confirmed that they are appealing the card and a hearing will be held on Thursday to determine the outcome of that appeal.

What the gaffer didn’t want though was for the red card to overshadow the performance and the win and what it means for the club next season.

‘I know it has looked on the cards for the last few weeks but its great work from the players to be able to secure European football with five games to go. I think that result also goes a long way to securing second spot as well although there is still work to be done and we won’t take that for granted.’

Adding that given we lost to Dundee United on the opening day of the season, to now be 22 points clear of them for him shows how we have grabbed the chances this season and performed all along and how good and consistent the players have been, so we have to continue that now until the end of the campaign and then hopefully try and kick on further next season.

‘There has been a lot said about consistency but to be consistent there are a lot of things that have to come together. Good concentration and ability are two of those things and the players have shown that right throughout the majority of the season. We have got five games to go and we want to pick up as many of those points as possible but I think it is clear at this stage of the season how determined the players still are to keep winning games and that pleases me no end.’

The Dundee United game also means a return of 71 points which is the highest ever points tally since we switched to three points for a win back in 1994-95.

68 points last term beat the record of 65 which stood from 2006-07.

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