DEREK McINNES paid tribute to the strength in depth of his squad after the 2-0 win over Partick Thistle at Pittodrie yesterday.

Jayden Stockley and Ryan Christie came off the substitutes’ bench to hit the goals that saw the team leapfrog Rangers into second place behind runaway leaders Celtic.

Despite naming the same starting line-up for the seventh successive outing, McInnes admitted: “Something had to change.

“I thought we were guilty of missing two or three opportunities in the first-half and, like any home game, you have to make the most of those.

“We had to dig deep to find some spark to our play.

“We had to overcome a very well-organised Partick Thistle team. They doubled up in the wide areas and we couldn’t get Niall McGinn and Jonny Hayes into the game.

“We started the second-half with a wee bit of impetus. but we soon dropped into a familiar pattern.”

McInnes added: “I was delighted for the two boys who came on and for them both to score.

“The quality and determination of Jayden to score the opener and then to link up with Ryan for the second.

“Jayden is determined to do well for Aberdeen.”

Thistle No.2 Scott Paterson said: “We’re disappointed not to take anything from the game, a game I felt we were still in for large spells.

“I thought we caused Aberdeen problems, though, they’re a very good team, especially on their home patch.

“I think when you do get chances at places like Pittodrie and Parkhead, you have to take them. We didn’t do that and it’s the same old story.

“We conceded from a set-piece which is disappointing because I thought the back four were superb.

“The second goal was just a lapse in concentration, but we have now got to dust ourselves down and get on with the next game.”


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