Date: 18th August 2015 at 5:29pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has said he has to be pleased with the three points against Motherwell at the weekend.

Vital Report – Motherwell 1-2 Aberdeen
Stats: Motherwell v Aberdeen

Speaking to the Official Site following the two one win that saw Aberdeen fight back from being a goal behind, the gaffer explained.

‘As difficult as it was at times, second half I always felt we were going to win the game. Even when we went behind I thought there was real dominance and control in the first half and we were frustrated to go behind. There were enough areas of sloppiness from us at times, playing in the wrong areas, not being totally organised in our defensive work, that gave Motherwell a bit of encouragement. We have got things we need to get better at but some of our play box to box was outstanding – the movement, the one-touch play, getting into good areas. I felt Niall’s equaliser was no more than we deserved in that first half.’

McInnes went on to say that Willo Flood simply had to be substituted at half time and it was a shame because he’d been performing well, but his right ankle blew up and following assessments he has slight ligament damage, so hopefully with rest and treatment it won’t prove to be too serious at all and he won’t be out for too long but in hindsight substituting him when we did could’ve been a blessing.

With Flood going though, the gaffer confirmed it was a hard choice when it came to who would replace him and whilst Rooney did give us more up top, he felt second half we didn’t quite have the same level of control in the middle of the pitch.

‘We told the players at half time they would need to go and be brave if we were to win the game and they did that. We scored a very good goal from the set play. We could have been better with a few chances we had but overall our play was good.’

The pleasing thing for McInnes was knowing that if we get the quality right in the final third, and the deliveries are spot on, we certainly have players who can find the net and he’s confident about our goal scoring going forward into the season but of course that has to be balanced defensively so we don’t leave ourselves open, and he knows on the Motherwell showing we can certainly improve on that score.

‘As a manager it is trying to get the balance right between attack and defence. At times the balance was not right and we were too loose. Only being a goal ahead the game is never safe and Motherwell deserve credit for putting us under pressure. They made life difficult for us so we are delighted to come away with the three points. Performance wise there was a lot to be pleased about.’

Still very early on in the season, he admits he’d have taken three wins from three at this point so the basis is there and the improvements should be natural with more time on the training pitch and players naturally reaching peak condition with games under their belts.

‘The level of performances in all three have been decent and merited all nine points. We are looking forward to now working Saturday to Saturday and getting some structure into our working week. There are things we need to work on and get better at.’

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