Date: 30th December 2015 at 1:17pm
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Manager Derek McInnes gives his thoughts on the Boxing Day draw against Inverness and tonight’s clash against Partick Thistle.

Hosting Inverness at Pittodrie for the game, Aberdeen had to fightback twice with goals coming from McGinn and Rooney and speaking to the Official Site that gaffer had to concede it had been an action packed afternoon but he thought we were at least worthy of a point for our efforts.

‘I thought we deserved at least a point. We never brought enough thought to our play in the first half. There was plenty of endeavour but you have to credit Inverness, they sat in, nice and compact looking to hit us on the counter and they managed to get in a couple of times. I still think we should deal with the goal better before the ball arrived at Polworth’s feet. We have got it all to do and in the second half we wanted to bring a bit more thought to our possession, recognise where their back line were playing. We had to try and play round about them. Before we had a chance to implement that we went 2-0 down. I thought it was a soft penalty. I don’t think Paul Quinn has done anything wrong as he has not made any move towards their player. I think he sticks his hip into him and he goes over. As I say I think it was a soft penalty. I think the referee’s view was blocked by Ryan Jack. We then have it all to do.’

Having it all to do at that stage though, the response of the players pleased him as he felt the side were ‘terrific’ for the last half hour of the game and he spoke about our work in possession, the decision making and the thought behind the intensity, and he knows we ‘had them on the ropes’ and if we could’ve got the leveller earlier he felt we would’ve gone on to win it.

‘I thought we maybe needed to get the first goal a little bit earlier. Another five minutes and I think we win the game. There is no doubt about that. The players deserve a lot for credit for it. I also think there should have been a penalty with the very last kick of the ball. Tremarco clearly handled the ball and stops it going to Rooney. I have seen it again on the video. And that for me was the clearest penalty of the lot of them. For the penalty that was given, because Inverness were so deep and they were brave with their defending but when you come out with your hands raised you always run the risk of that sort of decision. The players arm was up but whether it has struck his arm it is not entirely clear. I felt it was something our pressure and our play deserved. Our only thought was then to go on and win the game but we just ran out of time.’

Pressed more on the penalties and the refereeing display, McInnes acknowledged they are never going to get every decision right, so for him he wanted to credit Inverness for their effort and then focus on the effort of his players because coming from two nil down is always an achievement.

‘We are just concentrating on the positives. The fact the players were relentless to make sure we took something from the game. We are disappointed we have not managed to win a home game. We are used to winning our games here. We went into the match in good form so we are disappointed we have not won at home but my focus is on how we finished the game. The players should not feel disappointed with themselves. We still stay unbeaten on this run that we are on and it might be an important point going forward. We win look forward to the next game against Partick Thistle.’

With Partick being tonight, he went on to speak more specifically about them and he knows they have freshness on their side having had a few more days to recovery – but he knew the players would be up for the battle.

‘They had the luxury of not playing today. It was a heavy pitch as well but we will be ready for it when the match comes around. Thistle are on a good run themselves but as tough as it will be, we are at home and we should remember the way we finished this one and start that way on Wednesday.’

In his pre Partick press conference, he went into more detail and also gave a team update given the illnesses that hit.

‘Obviously we want to win all the games we play, but we want to win all the games we play at home and we want to finish 2015 off with a win in front of our fans. We are on a decent run at the moment so we want to get three points. We dropped two points the other day although the positives from it are that we stay unbeaten and the spirit of the players was there but we recognise what it takes for us to beat Inverness and Partick Thistle who come here in good form, it needs a complete performance from us over 90 minutes and not 45. We put the result at risk with a couple of cheap goals but the response how we finished the game was exactly what we expected from this team. Hopefully we can start the game better and hopefully get all three points.’

The gaffer was full of praise for the opposition for how tough they would also be, but again he spoke about the Aberdeen spirit and energy and our search for constant improvement and more complete performances.

‘We are up against a team who are in brilliant form themselves. They will have rested up over the weekend so I sure they will come up here and be optimistic about getting a result. We have always had decent games against Partick Thistle. They are a team that I have a high regard for. The manager is a friend. I like the way he sets his team up, he always sets out to win the game. They never go out just to hope to win. They always try and win the game. I think it is a difficult game for us but one we are looking forward to. You have to respect Partick. I think Alan is as good a manager as there is in the league. He lost a few of his players and he probably does not have the same resources as a lot of clubs down there had in the summer. He is at a club that he knows really well, they are debt free now and hopefully he gets the opportunity the built the club. As I say he is a very good manager. What they have had recently is good consistency. And that has helped them get results. The times I have seen them this season I have been very impressed. It does not surprise me there are on such a good run.’

As for the team news, he confirmed that Willo Flood had returned to training but Cammy Smith is probably 50/50 but a late check would be done.

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