McInnes relieved after victory

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes breathed a sigh of relief after coming through a feisty second half against Daugava Riga with just one injury after the Latvians lost their discipline in a 5-0 defeat at Pittodrie.

Last Updated: 04/07/14 at 16:48 Post Comment

Derek McInnes: Enjoys one of five home goals

Derek McInnes: Enjoys one of five home goals

More of the games that matter

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

The Dons started their Europa League campaign in style with a convincing win in the first qualifying round but it came at a price with Peter Pawlett limping off with an ankle knock after he was kicked off the ball by Giedrius Tomkevicius.

Aberdeen were one up through Shay Logan's header when Pawlett went off just after the break and they took command as Adam Rooney's double and goals from Niall McGinn and Jonny Hayes took them clear.

The visitors had two men sent off and a further five booked by French refere Nicolas Rainville and McInnes was relieved his side remained disciplined.

"The players' approach allowed us to have control from start to finish," he said. "We scored some good goals, we should have probably scored more.

"We had plenty of shots but I can't praise the players more because that's the reward for their hard work during the close season, and the work they put it in during pre-season.

"They were ready to play at a tempo that made us difficult to play against.

"The game ran away from them, they lost their discipline, and I was just glad to get off the pitch without any more injuries.

"I thought the referee tried to keep a lid on it, the officials did well. We just tried to concentrate on finding ways to break them down."

On Pawlett, McInnes said: "His ankle has thickened up with swelling, we will see how that responds in the next few days."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

want to spend more time with my tit-for-tat Autobiographies . He probably didn't say.

megabrow (cufc)
Keane leaves Aston Villa

B

elieve in the dream Ashley. I have a hot tub, I still think I can get all The Saturdays in there for nekkid sexyfuntime. Failing that, Adele.

hump3.
Young: Man United target title

C

onclusions...we are truely living the dream now

dead yeti
Take Your Marks In The Premier League Sack Race

Footer 365

Premier League: Swansea manager Garry Monk defends Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers

Swansea manager Garry Monk has leapt to the defence of under-fire Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers.

Premier League: West Brom manager Alan Irvine sees a defensive weakness in Arsenal

West Brom manager Alan Irvine hopes Arsenal's gung-ho attitude will be their undoing at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Premier League: Southampton manager Ronald Koeman confident of continued success

Manager Ronald Koeman believes Southampton can thrive this term and is relishing taking on the Premier League big boys.

Mail Box

Don't Write Arsenal Off Yet (For Third)

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox, which also suggests Manchester City should look to bin Manuel Pellegrini. Can he take them any further?

Sanchez: A Sliding Doors Moment For Pool

One Liverpool fan regrets the club's failure to sign Alexis Sanchez and thinks Brendan Rodgers and Co should now target the domestic cups. A lot has changed in 12 months...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property