Celtic Park

Next Game

Celtic v Aberdeen

Sunday, 01 March 2015, 12:00

Scots Prem

Last Game

Aberdeen 3 - 0 St Mirren

Saturday, 21 February 2015, 15:00

Scots Prem

McInnes: Hard-fought win

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes praised players at opposite ends of the pitch after his side came out on top against Dundee United by the narrowest of margins.

Last Updated: 20/10/13 at 22:13 Post Comment

Derek McInnes: Praise for striker and shot-stopper

Derek McInnes: Praise for striker and shot-stopper

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Calvin Zola turned home a Niall McGinn cross from close range after 53 minutes and though that proved the difference, Jamie Langfield made a brave save from David Goodwillie to preserve their lead.

McInnes said: "It was a hard-fought win against a decent United team. They've got good attacking options, and it's not often Dundee United fail to score.

"The teams had a bit of respect for each other - both sides have a threat, but I think for the most part that was cancelled out.

"If the game was screaming out for a bit of quality, that was provided in the build-up to the goal. Calvin thrives on service, and he got good service for the goal. He was where he should be at the right time, and made the difference in getting the three points.

"But the chance for Goodwillie was the defining moment. It was a great save from Jamie Langfield. He is as good as any Scottish goalkeeper in the SPFL. He's been brilliant to work with and is a great lad in the dressing room."

United boss Jackie McNamara lamented a lapse in concentration in the run-up to Zola's matchwinner.

"Frustration really sums it up. The players are a wee bit down and we're trying to get their heads up," he said.

"Sometimes it's wee things like a loss of concentration that cost you the match and that was the case today. We dominated the match and passed the ball well, and I don't think Aberdeen posed us many problems today.

"If anything we can be critical of our finishing, although Jamie Langfield had

a good save from David Goodwillie.

"I was pleased with certain aspects of our play, and I think If we play like that we'll win, or certainly draw, more games than we lose. We're creating chances, which is the most important thing."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Mark Hughes angered by officials in Stoke win over Hull

Mark Hughes was pleased with Stoke's 1-0 win over Hull but angered after the officials missed a challenge on Stephen Ireland.

Sean Dyche downbeat after Burnley lose to Swansea defeat at Turf Moor

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his side must start turning performances into wins after losing 1-0 to Swansea at Turf Moor.

Jonas Gutierrez wants top-10 finish for Newcastle after return

Jonas Gutierrez has targeted a top-10 finish with Newcastle after returning to the squad for the win against Aston Villa.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company