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Derek McInnes makes Aberdeen 'no complaints' admission as he clears defenders of Rangers blame

Daily Record logoDaily Record 2 days ago Scott McDermott
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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes had no complaints about Andy Considine’s second half red card against Rangers.

But the Dons gaffer was left frustrated that his side couldn’t salvage a point on the opening day of the Premiership.

The Pittodrie side pushed hard for an equaliser after Ryan Kent had put the visitors in front.

But as they tried to apply pressure they were reduced to 10 men when Considine lunged at Scott Arfield. That didn’t help their cause as Steven Gerrard’s men held on for the win – but McInnes says his player gave ref Bobby Madden a decision to make by going in ‘studs up’.

He said afterwards: “You normally receive a lot of red cards in the first couple of games of the season.

“Andy has raised his studs so you’re always running the risk. I don’t think he has hurt the boy.

“Is it a red card 10 or 15 games into the season? Who knows? But I don’t think we can complain too much given the fact he’s raised his studs.

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“There’s always disappointment when you lose the first game of the season but we got better as the game went on.

“Initially Rangers imposed themselves in possession and their movement at the top end of the pitch gave them that overload.

“Their goal came from a deep pass when we were adopting a high press at the time. People will look at my centre-backs but I don’t blame them for it at all.

“When James Tavernier got the ball we had to show him down the line but we allowed the pass and as soon as that happened we were susceptible to

conceding a goal.

“If we press right, our centre-backs are expecting the ball down the channel and we would have dealt with that and not lost that goal.

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“We were exposed and that’s the trade off when you try to get after good teams with good players. You have to get the fine margins right.

“But there were enough encouraging signs to show what we are going to be this season.”

McInnes had to do without strikers Sam Cosgrove and Curtis Main but insists young forward Bruce Anderson can do a job for them.

He said: “I don’t want to be disrespectful to Bruce because he’s done brilliant and we believe in him. It was a tough game for a lot of the players and particularly him because he was isolated up there at times.

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“I can’t say I’m not going to miss my top scorer, Cosgrove, the guy has scored 50 goals in two seasons for us.

“But it’s up to us to find ways to work with what we’ve got.”

Dons skipper Joe Lewis backed team-mate Considine, insisting there was no malice in his challenge on Scott Arfield.

He said: “I was a long way away. When you are stretching like that it is hard to tackle any other way really.

“He felt like if he had led with his toe he was leaving himself wide open to getting a bad injury. There’s no malice in it, Andy is not that type of player.

“If his studs were up then I can see why he’s done it but he’s not a malicious guy at all.

“There’s no crowd and when their players and bench start shouting it maybe slightly emphasises the situation a bit as well.”


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