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By August 20, 2016No Comments

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was pleased to see his side pick up their first Ladbrokes Premiership win of the season, praising the battling qualities that saw them win through against plucky Partick.

McInnes said after the 2-1 Ladbrokes Premiership success at Pittodrie: “I think for 80 minutes we were the better team, and the dominant side.

“Two-nil was about right, although we’d missed a couple of chances, but we seemed to knock off when they went down to 10 men.

“It’s a wee reminder for us that we have to play to the final whistle, but rather than focusing on the 10 minutes when we should be doing better, I think we were the better team and deserved the win.”

McInnes was delighted to see Miles Storey bag his first Aberdeen goal, continuing: “When a new player comes to a club, especially a striker, the first goal is important.

“Jayden Stockley and Wes Burns have got theirs, and I think it was in the back of his mind that he wanted to get up and running.”

There was praise too for Anthony O’Connor, who impressed at the back and in midfield.

McInnes said: “He can play various positions. His first choice would be as a centre-back, but you saw him go into the middle of the park today.

“He brings a bit of aggression as well as confidence and composure. He’ll more than prove his worth for us.”

Partick boss Alan Archibald was impressed with his side’s performance, but was disappointed with the manner in which they conceded the goals.

He said “I thought we started the game in a positive manner. We had a game plan and it seemed to be working.

“We were never camped in which we have been here in the past. We got into good situations and were undone by a wonderful free-kick.

“I was disappointed with the play in the lead-up to the foul, because our shape was good defensively. It was the most comfortable we’ve been in a first half up here.

“The second goal was a terrible error from Liam Lindsay. He had a couple of them last season and it’s something we’ve spoken about with him. It’s something he has to eradicate from his game.”

Of the late red card shown to midfielder Sean Welsh, Archibald added: “Sean will be fined.

“There was no need for it, regardless of whether you agree with the decision or not, you can’t give any dissent.

“He’s let the team down and let the boys down for next week.”

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