Date: 24th May 2015 at 6:52pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has admitted he was disappointed with the St Johnstone defeat because we wanted the win for Russell Anderson’s sign off.

Speaking to the Official Site a disappointed gaffer explained.

‘We all wanted to try and go out with a win with it obviously being our last game at home but today for us it was all about Russell and trying to go out and make sure we got a win.’

McInnes went on to say that he felt Russell’s performance had more than warranted the points as well as for him he was ‘very solid’ and it was a consistent and ‘familiar’ performance from our departing skipper.

‘I thought his performance was deserving of that as he was very solid and it was probably a very familiar performance. From being an 18 year old making his debut to a 36 year old today, it was another solid and dependable performance from him which was pleasing. He can be pleased with his efforts today.’

McInnes also thought our overall performance on the day had warranted victory though, even though we didn’t manage to get it.

‘I thought we did enough to win the game. We went with a shape that was a wee bit unfamiliar because there was a real lack of central midfield players available to us. We have tried to manufacture a team there in a system that we thought wouldn’t leave us too stretched and would keep us quite solid at the back. We had more than a few opportunities to win the game at 0-0 and Mannus pulled off a couple of good saves. There wasn’t much in the game and it always looked as if one goal would win it.’

Unfortunately that goal went to the opposition, and he had to credit their motivation and performance that showed how much they wanted the win as well – but again he didn’t feel that took anything away from our own showing, we just didn’t take the chances we fashioned for ourselves over the 90 minutes.

He also had words of praise for the fans who turned out in their numbers.

‘There are not many clubs that can almost fill out their stadium with one game remaining with nothing really to play for so to have 16,500 here today was great recognition of the player’s efforts and recognition of our captain.’

Ending his focus on the game itself, he went on to say that he felt their winner more than had an element of fortune to it, saying he felt they got a bit of a lucky ‘break’ but given their performance perhaps they deserved that luck.

It is however eyes to next season now.

‘We have taken the luxury the last few weeks of looking after Aberdeen players for next season. We have not taken risks with players who are running the risk of getting a suspension and we have tried to look after our international players too as the close season is ridiculously short. If nobody else is going to look after the players we have got an obligation to do it and with a number of players heading off on international duty we have taken the decision to rest them down and hopefully we will see the benefit of that next season.’

Adding that it was also important to give some of our youngsters the experience of further minutes on the pitch to aide their development as they come more into his thoughts for next year, so again hopefully we’ll see the benefit of that down the line.

With Anderson departing, the gaffer also talked about the departing Jim Leighton who has also brought his time with us to an end as well.

‘It was a very tough decision to let Jim go, he has been a great servant for the Club. Some decisions are harder than others as a manager and that one was particularly tough. Any decision I make is always based on what is best for the Club. I told Jim a couple of days ago to give him the opportunity to make this his last game if he wanted to do that but Jim refused that which we fully respect. We wish Jim well, we have got a lot of respect for him. People move on and changes have to be made at times and that’s what I’m here for to make those changes.’

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