Date: 28th September 2015 at 4:31pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has admitted the best side on the day won following our loss to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Audio – McInnes Inverness Disappointment
Video – Inverness Highlights

Speaking to the Official Site having seen Aberdeen’s 100% record come crashing down back to earth, McInnes was honest enough to admit that the best side won and Aberdeen just weren’t up to their usual standards so he couldn’t feel hard done by.

‘The team who won the game deserved to win the game. They had the right approach at the start. In that first forty-five minutes I did not recognise my team to be honest. I thought we were second best all over the pitch. I thought Ryan Christie lit the game up with his ability. We never got to grips with him. He was excellent for them as were Inverness in that first half.’

McInnes went on to say that after some choice words at the half time break, there was a clear improvement in our play and he actually thought that we dominated events in the second period but it still wasn’t good enough and across the 90 minutes he still couldn’t begrudge them their victory.

‘Whilst we dominated the second half and played the game properly I still feel the team that won the game deserved to win the game. In that first half we lost poor goals and then score with our first decent set-play. Niall puts it in a quality ball. That masked a lot of what happened in the first half. It was probably, as my time as manager here over the past two and a half years, as poor a performance that I have seen since I have been in charge.’

Adding that he certainly did not see a showing like that coming given the form and the way we’ve been playing this year but it just shows that any ounce of complacency or not being on it 100% will see you punished, so it’s a lesson for the players.

‘I did not see it coming. Normally you envisage our players, no matter how good or bad they are, they are on it, working hard and winning tackles to try and make the game go our way and trying to get that momentum in our play. We were up against a good team and we allowed their better players to be too influential. From that point of view I was disappointed. It is something we must recognise. We must stop the opposition from playing first and foremost before we can start playing our game.’

Pressed on the second half performance and the result, he went on to admit that there would be some ‘truth’ in him sitting there and saying it was close and maybe we deserved more, and had the game gone on longer maybe we’d have got the leveller, but with all that said outside of ifs and maybes, Inverness deserved the win in his eyes and he had to acknowledge it.

‘There is never a lack of effort but there has to be a desire to do the ugly side of the game first and foremost. Again for the second game running we had influential players having to come off. Losing Niall was a blow. But the same team that beat Celtic a fortnight ago was out there apart from one player. We cannot play games in the manner we did in the first half and expect to win. It is not easy to criticise the team because they had been fantastic so far. But today for the first time, we did not have the enthusiasm and the desire to stop the opposition and that is why we went in at half time behind and had to chase the game.’

The gaffer confirmed that Niall did come off with a groin problem, but he still had to be fully assessed so we don’t know yet how long he will be missing.


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