Date: 7th April 2015 at 4:17pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has admitted it was a good start from us in the score less draw against Partick Thistle on Good Friday, but unfortunately after the first 20 minute spell we stepped off the pace and struggled to find our rhythm again.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game he explained.

‘We were poor other than in the first 20 minutes where we created a few chances. In that opening period we played with a bit of impetus and got good use of the ball into the wide areas. Other than that it’s probably as poor as we have been for a long time and I thought we were fortunate to get a draw truth be told.’

McInnes went on to say that we lacked a ‘real zip’ in the game and in particular in the second half he didn’t feel we had much control of things, and on another day Partick would’ve made us pay for that so in some ways he has to be thankful we came out of the game with a point to show for our lack of efforts in many ways.

With that said though there were some positives for him.

‘The positives are a clean sheet, a point, staying undefeated but we can’t hide that it was poor performance. You have got to credit Partick Thistle, they changed their shape after that first 20 minutes and caused us problems at the top end of the pitch and unfortunately we never really got going after that. Given the consistency that the boys have shown it’s out of character and I think that has to be said.’

Having said that it was uncharacteristic by the side’s standards this season, he was largely happy to just write it off as one of those bad days at the office but it was disappointing because he knew it would naturally be a difficult and tough game for us anyway, but we didn’t really help ourselves.

‘It was a bad day for us but we never expected anything other than a tough game. For our part we know that we are better than what we showed today and we aim to improve between now and the end of the season.’

He couldn’t however question the effort of the team, that wasn’t what was lacking for him, it was that usual sharpness and ‘zip’ again.

As for the controversial issue in the game involving Jonny Hayes where the decision didn’t go our way, McInnes added.

‘In the incident involving Jonny Hayes, I don’t think there was a foul there, Jonny went in with the side of his boot and he is through on goal. I think everybody was astounded when he Kevin Clancy brought that back for a free-kick. As poor as we were today that was such an important decision as he was through one on one at that stage of the game and that is a great chance as everybody knows.’

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