Derek McInnes: Looking strong for quarter-final after fine display

Derek McInnes wants another second place finish

Every manager in the country wants a number nine who finishes off good play and I’m delighted to see Adam Rooney get another goal.

Our second goal came from pressing United and it was a very calm finish from Gary.

He’s up to nine now which is good shooting and his second goal was a lovely finish.

We tried to encourage one or two to take an extra touch and we’ve got great energy with Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Christie in there.

When we can get people moving and on the back foot it is when we get the chance of scoring goals.

We lost a poor goal after giving the ball away but we should credit United as well as Sam Stanton still had a lot to do and it was a good finish but our reaction to losing the goal was great.

We were straight back at it and it is a lovely finish from Kenny McLean.

We’ve asked him to play a bit deeper but ironically he seems to be scoring a few more by making those late runs into the box.

The level of performance from Dundee United in the final 20 minutes makes it even more of a surprise to me to see them so far behind St Mirren in the Championship.

I was surprised Scott McDonald didn’t start as he is a good player and when you look through their squad they have got good experience in their side.

We’ve got Stevie May to come back into things as well so there is real competition for places.

The squad is looking strong and we’ll be without Andy Considine for the quarter-final after his booking so everyone will have a part to play.