Date: 23rd March 2015 at 11:35am
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Manager Derek McInnes has admitted Aberdeen were well short of their best as we played out a one all draw at Dens Park against Dundee at the weekend.

Having taken the early lead through an Adam Rooney 36th minute goal we failed to do enough to extend that lead despite dominating possession on the day, and in a relatively tight game stats wise, they got back on level terms with 20 minutes remaining in the game.

With the point not helping the title challenge really, the gaffer admitted to the BBC and wider media that we were short of the performance we needed if we wanted to win the title with Celtic now holding a five point gap and a game in hand.

‘It was a poor second half performance, we never managed it well enough. The second half shows me we’ve still got plenty to work on. The way we started the game, we were totally in charge. I thought Dundee played like an away team in the first half in terms of coming off the game. We had total dominance I felt and played the game in their half. We only caused ourselves problems when we gave away cheap possession.’

As for the potential penalty shout before the half time break, for McInnes it was a stonewaller and a mistake by the referee as he felt it was ‘clear’ and of course going in at two nil gives the game a different reflection for the second half.

But even with that said, he knows we should’ve been seeing the game out and doing more given the control we had.

‘We gave Dundee encouragement just by being too extravagant with our play, playing in wrong areas, and not playing properly and cleverly and we allowed the momentum to swing around. We just need to keep trying to win games. Prior to the game we had 44 points from 48 out with the two Celtic games. Obviously for us it’s two points dropped, we thought we could come here and win. We just need to dust ourselves down and try and win the next one.’

In other interviews, speaking more specifically about the Willie Dyer handball he also said.

‘It was such a pivotal moment. It’s a blatant penalty. It has cost us today because they’ve managed to get an equaliser after that. It’s not all down to the referee, though, that we haven’t won the game as we’re still in a good position at 1-0. Rooney showed real strength and tenacity to get the ball into the net to put us ahead. It was a fantastic finish and I thought were looking at strong at that point. We had umpteen set-plays but we’ve been here before. In the second half, we let Dundee back into the game and the pitch didn’t help. But from the minute Dundee got their equaliser I thought they were worthy of the point to be fair.’

Big gap to close now as you have to assume it’s a eight point gap with the game in hand really.

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