Date: 14th September 2015 at 8:54pm
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A storming two one victory over Celtic at the weekend left many with a smile on their face, and here manager Derek McInnes and Paul Quinn give their full time thoughts.

Video – Celtic Highlights
Audio – McInnes Confident On Appeal

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press delight, McInnes was obviously thrilled with the result given everything he had said ahead of the encounter.

‘I am really pleased for everybody connected with the club. In terms of the support, you can see how important it was to them. For the players, it was important for them but it is only three points and it’s not a result that I am surprised about to be honest. I felt confident that we could get the win the same way as I have always felt going into games against Celtic over the past few years. It’s nice to get the reward and there is no question that the better team won.’

McInnes went on to say that first half we were the ‘better team’ with the greater opportunities but we went behind to a ‘poor goal’ by our own standards. Second half with some carefully chosen words at the break, we stuck at it, and became more clinical which we needed to be and we got the goals we deserved to get the result our performance deserved.

‘We said to the players at half-time that we were the better team, I thought we had the better opportunities, we looked hungrier in the tackle and we looked half a yard ahead of them today but it was important to transmit that into goals. We said that the scripts would already have been getting written, ‘good old Aberdeen having a go but Celtic still manage to win’ but thankfully the eleven players in there didn’t think that and got the job done. We did it the hard way, we got a penalty which was the right decision and then we should have had another penalty with Mulgrew’s handball when the ball has travelled 20 yards. Again I thought we were harshly dealt by with Jonny Hayes’ sending off but as I say we have done it the hard way.’

One thing that pleased McInnes was it was such an entertaining games, with incidents, talking points and he knows the fans would’ve been reliving the match on their way home and over a pint or two, and it was just one of those games you want to be involved with – especially when the result goes your way!

‘The supporters saw a team hell bent on making sure that the game went our way today. In the end to do it in the manner that we did, probably a lot of people didn’t think we were capable of that. The performance was actually similar to a lot of performances against Celtic last season but it’s the result that counts, I get that. It was result over performance today. We are not going to be more determined against Celtic than we will be against Hamilton on Tuesday night. You see how the supporters reacted at the end, the place was absolutely rocking and its brilliant to see it like that, and hopefully we can have something similar again going forward.’

As for Quinn’s interview, he also said he felt the better team over the 90 minutes had won, but he was equally as grounded as the gaffer pointing out in reality it’s just another three points in the direction we want to go and nothing has been won or lost yet, what matters is we keep this going.

‘It was great to get the victory. I feel the better team won in my opinion. The manner in which it all came about was extra pleasing. But at the end of the day it is no more than three points. We will let the dust settle on Saturday night and then focus on the Hamilton game and get back to work on Sunday. Everyone at the club is now has to focus on the Hamilton game. I know there were stories in the build up to the game but I don’t think the bottle or character of the players was ever in question. To go down to ten men and to still win the game shows character. A lot of teams at 1-1 would sit in and take the point but we were still looking to go on and score against the Champions. We had to show no weakness especially as the game was at home. We have done that and now the game on Tuesday is at home so we have to do the same again.’

Aberdeen also confirmed after the game – as per the audio above – that the red card shown to Jonny Hayes would be appealed and the appeal means he remains in contention for the game on Tuesday against Hamilton Academicals until the outcome of the appeal is known.


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