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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes still searching for perfect performance

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, left, and assistant manager Tony Docherty.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, left, and assistant manager Tony Docherty.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes sees progress from his side but he insists there is still room for improvement from his side.

The Dons return to Pittodrie tonight to face St Johnstone with a spring in their step following a fine display in Saturday’s goalless draw with Rangers at Ibrox.

McInnes’ men were well worth their point in Glasgow but the Aberdeen manager knows they could easily have taken all three and must continue to strive for more of a cutting edge in attack.

He said: “I think Saturday is a difficult game to judge, analyse and put a real critique on our performance. We know that most teams when they go to Ibrox that it is your defensive qualities that are going to get you something from the game.

“I felt that we had better opportunities than Rangers had and counter attacked well. We still should score so there’s a criticism there that we should do better. But in general the defensive qualities were there in buckets.

“I’ve never questioned the workrate of the team, they always give you everything. If we’d shown a bit more quality in the final third it would have been a perfect Saturday and it wasn’t perfect because of that.”

One man who will have added confidence tonight is former Don Stevie May.

Saints striker May rediscovered his scoring touch at the weekend as he netted twice in his side’s 3-3 draw with Hearts at McDiarmid Park and while he regrets the move to Pittodrie was not a success McInnes is pleased to see May’s efforts being rewarded under Tommy Wright.

He said: “I think that he’s a boy who absolutely worked so hard here to be a success. He’s a proper team player. He put everything into it. He was desperate to do better than he did here and I still see the same workrate in Stevie every time I see St Johnstone play.

“He sometimes needs to remind himself what he is and he is a natural goalscorer. He’s picked up a couple of goals recently. I don’t think you ever lose that. Sometimes boys need to search for confidence and it may need a change of environment.

“We gave him every opportunity to be a success here and for whatever reason it never worked. I’m pleased that he’s getting a bit of a reward for his hard work because he’s more than just a hard worker.”

The Dons are unchanged from Saturday’s draw in Glasgow. Craig Bryson is back in training following ankle surgery but is not expected to return until the end of the month.

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