Date: 14th April 2015 at 4:11pm
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Manager Derek McInnes opened his after game interviews following the two nil victory over Kilmarnock at the weekend by talking about the late decision to award a penalty in their favour, that they then went on to miss meaning we could cut the gap to five points on Celtic at the top of the table.

Speaking to the Official Site following the match, he explained that having played against Lee Miller himself in his playing days he knows he’s ‘good at that’ in terms of winning penalties but he did feel it was one as Miller doesn’t dive.

‘I’ve not seen it but my first thought was that it was a penalty, I have played against Lee Miller so I know he is good at that! Thankfully Scott has saved it and redeemed himself because it was a moment of rashness as there didn’t seem to be too much danger.’

McInnes went on to say that with Donervorn Daniels putting in a strong header, Scott obviously thought he could come out and deal with it but it was a bit of a red mist and we almost paid for it.

‘With a bit of hindsight I think he would stay on his line now. He has ended up saving the penalty and has went from villain to hero in 30 seconds and you could see what that meant to his teammates when they were celebrating with him at the end. I am pleased for him. Scott has not had much to do today apart from a good strike by young Slater.’

McInnes continued to talk about the overall performance we put in during the game and he felt that had they levelled the scores late on it would’ve been unfair really as he felt we justified the victory and had kept them ‘at arms length’ for the vast majority of the game, and having already said that the keeper didn’t have a lot to do, he knows they didn’t have many chances to cause us damage at all.

That didn’t mean there weren’t areas of our play he wasn’t happy with though because he felt we could’ve put the game to bed far earlier.

‘I thought coming here as the away team it was a very assured and dominant performance in terms of possession. We had chances and I thought we were guilty today of not making more of our set plays although Rooney did score from the free kick. I thought we were also guilty of not putting the ball in early enough when we got up the pitch. Some of build-up play was very good, Hayes and McGinn both came over their sides very well and it was good to watch but as I say we did not get enough early balls in. The second goal was an example of what we should have being doing more. McGinn beats the full back and gets an early ball in. We should have done more of that in the final third. However I still think it was a very strong Aberdeen performance.’

With the gap on Celtic closing following the result, the gaffer did go on to say that he didn’t believe they would slip up enough in the run in for us to overturn the gap completely, and whilst that was a shame it was just about us finishing the season strongly and focusing on ourselves now.

‘We are just delighted to get to 68 points – the same points tally as we had last season. To reach that with six games to go is testament to how hard the players have worked and how well they have done and how motivated they are to keep improving. That improvement is important to us. We have 18 points still to play for and we will be doing our best to win as many of them as possible.’

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