Ibrox Stadium

Next Game

Rangers v Motherwell

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 19:45

Scots Prem PO Final Round Play-Offs

Last Game

Motherwell 0 - 0 Partick

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 15:00

Scots Prem

McInnes savours fightback

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes praised his side's swift response after they recovered from a first-minute blow to win 3-1 at Motherwell.

Last Updated: 12/08/13 at 14:03 Post Comment

Derek McInnes: Enjoyed Aberdeen fightback

Derek McInnes: Enjoyed Aberdeen fightback

More of the games that matter

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

Henri Anier scored after 40 seconds but Aberdeen almost hit back immediately with Peter Pawlett and Calvin Zola both striking the bar inside the first half-hour.

The Dons had to wait until the second half to level through Niall McGinn but Mark Reynolds soon headed them in front, before McGinn converted a second spot-kick to give them their first league win over Motherwell since November 2008.

McInnes said: "It wasn't the start we wanted but I thought it was a foul leading up to their goal; a Motherwell player jumped right into Joe Shaughnessy.

"But I thought our response was excellent. Even at half-time, we could easily have felt sorry for ourselves, in the fact we passed up a couple of opportunities and hit the bar twice.

"They got their just rewards. It was a good strong performance with the right level of mentality.

"They don't need to show me we have good players, I know I have good players, it's the other side we will need to show.

"We will need to come from behind again and at no point did I feel we were ever going to give up the ghost. It was an immediate response and there was some real good play in the first half."

The Dons now host Celtic with six points on the board in the Scottish Premiership but McInnes attempted to temper the wave of optimism in the stands.

"Performances like today will give the support every encouragement, but it's two games," he added. "It's nothing more than a good start. We face another challenge in Celtic."

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall rued the breakthrough that McGinn made 17 minutes after the restart.

"I thought, to get anything out the game, we needed to be going into the last 20 minutes ahead," he said.

"If you're still in there you can dog it out, but when you lose two goals like that, you could see the lift they got and we looked a bit leg-weary.

"The better team won. You can't afford to gift teams goals, especially good teams like Aberdeen who have threats all over the park.

"Having said that, the third goal, if that's a penalty then there's six or seven penalties in a game. But that's not why we lost. We conceded two poor goals in quick succession."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter lies low in Zurich in wake of FIFA arrests

Sepp Blatter did not attend Thursday morning's FIFA medical conference in Zurich as pressure grows on him to stand down.

Greg Dyke: Prince Ali can beat Sepp Blatter in FIFA vote

Greg Dyke has told Sky Sports News HQ Sepp Blatter can be beaten if FIFA's presidential election goes ahead on Friday.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter 'has to go', says Greg Dyke

FA chairman Greg Dyke insists that "Sepp Blatter has to go" and has urged UEFA to try and force the FIFA president out.

Mail Box

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

Vidic Is Part Of United's 'Budget XI'

We have post-2000 budget XIs on behalf of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs. Plus gaelic football, FIFA, more awards and the majesty of Il Fenomeno...

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