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‘IBROX DEFEAT HARSH,’ McINNES

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ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes watched his team collapse to their second crucial loss in Glasgow in the space of a week when they crashed 2-1 against Rangers at Ibrox yesterday.
The Pittodrie side were also disappointed at Hampden a week ago when they were mauled 3-0 by Celtic in the Betfred League Cup Final.
However, McInnes PRAISED his players after this second setback and claimed there isn’t a lot between them and Mark Warburton’s side.
The Dons gaffer, though, was gutted when Jayden Stockley contrived to miss an easy second-half chance shortly before Kenny Miller put the home team in front.

Lee Hodson’s goal sealed the points for the Ibrox outfit, despite Andy Considine’s late reply for the visitors.

McInnes said: “Games are won in both boxes and I thought box-to-box we were the better team.
“We really got after Rangers, pressed them high, were competitive and stopped a good team playing.

“But we needed to carry a threat in the final third. We got into good areas, but rushed the last wee bit.

“Rangers scored when we were having our best spell. Jayden’s miss is the one we all remember.

“It was a good stand-up from Jonny Hayes and he’d normally eat that service up. But he missed – these things happen.

“It was a really pivotal moment because Rangers then got a break for the first goal although we knocked off a bit.

“From then on, it helped Rangers. The crowd got into it for them and they had something to hang on to.

“I never thought we were out of the game even at 2-0.

“In comparison to last week at Hampden, I felt the result was harsh on my players. This was far better. We played some good stuff and were really aggressive.

“I don’t think there’s a lot between the two teams. We got the rub of the green

last time at Pittodrie and that inspiration was lacking for us on this occasion.

“Rangers just edged it, but the result was hard on my players.”

Dons goalscorer Considine added: “It’s another sore one to take. There wasn’t a lot in the game and had Jayden scored with his header it might have changed the game.

“Rangers probably only had two chances and scored both of them, which was a huge sucker punch because we were doing well.

“I didn’t feel they were threatening us at all. The boys can still hold their heads high – we gave it a good shot.”

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