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

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

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

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

disagree. We sit here in our ivory towers looking down our noses at people we perceive tio be thick, but if Harry Redknapp and Tim Sherwood can do it, frankly, anyone can.........

HarryBoulton
Roy: Rooney can become manager

N

ever ceases to amaze me when ex players come out with comments like that. Clearly they have zero interest in the best interests of a club that provided them with a living to be making such idiotic and boorish comments as that. Shame on you Jimmy Case.

redman_inc1
Rodgers defends Balotelli

A

nd let me remind you, the first year City won the Premier League with Augero as their top goalscorer as well as scorer of the decisive goal on the last day of the season, he was pipped to the PFA Young Player Of The Year by.... Kyle Walker.

BlackSpider
Sergio Aguero: The Underrated Genius

Footer 365

Champions League: Chelsea without three key players for Maribor game

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be without three key players for Tuesday’s Champions League game with Maribor.

Brendan Rodgers defends Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli

Brendan Rodgers has defended Mario Balotelli, saying: "He would have scored if Steven Caulker had not put it in."

Premier League: Late drama as Liverpool edge five-goal contest at QPR

Liverpool left Loftus Road with all three points following a remarkable finish to a meeting with QPR which ended 3-2.

Mail Box

Let's Face It, Liverpool Were Utter Dross

It's a reactive Monday morning Mailbox. Liverpool fans are getting pretty sodding worried, whilst we have the latest on the Southampton CRISIS. Plus, well done Michael Oliver...

Quick, What's Happening At Palace?

It looks like we might need to give a bit more coverage to Crystal Palace after one reader compiled the number of mentions for each club on F365. Plus, more complaining...

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