ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes was disappointed with his side’s two dropped points in thee 1-1 draw against St Johnstone at Pittodrie at the weekend.

He was even more dejected in the manner of the goal his side conceded with the normally-reliable Joe Lewis allowing a 20-yard drive from Michasel O’Halloran to escape his grasp low down at his right-hand post.

The ball crept over the line to leave the keeper lying on the turf crestfallen.

BLUE HEAVEN…Michael O’Halloran celebrates his strike against the Dons.

McInnes, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “The goal we lost is awful and similar to the types of goals we lost at home last season.

“We have gifted the opportunity to St Johnstone, I feel. O’Halloran should not have the space that he had and Joe should save it.

“Second-half, we had no rhythm and lost our way. We didn’t have any real flow to the game and I think St Johnstone had the sniff to get more from the game. I’m looking for more from our team than that second-half.”

Saints gaffer Tommy Wright added: “We thought we had a penalty and probably should have had another with Murray Davidson pushed in the box.

“I’m probably slightly disappointed. I thought we deserved more, particularly with the second-half performance.”

FLAT OUT…Stevie May is grounded on his return to Pittodrie.

The Perth outfit, who are at home to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side in Sunday’s live televised game, were a goal down inside half an hour when Ryan Hedges broke the deadlock.

However, the visitors were thrown an unlikely lifeline from an unlikely source when Lewis made a hash of O’Halloran’s low effort just before the interval.

The return of Stevie May grabbed the pre-match interest, but the former Dons striker didn’t have as much impact on the encounter as he would have hoped for, but his old mates kept him relatively quiet.

MARCUS FRASER was the last-goal hero for Ross County in their hard-fought 2-1 triumph over luckless St Mirren in Dingwall.

The Paisley side’s skipper Kyle Magennis put in a Man-of-the-Match performance and blitzed two long-range drive’s off the woodwork and there was no reward in the end when the Highlanders struck for the points.

County took the lead through Ross Stewart on the hour mark, but Tony Andreu grabbed the leveller with a low free-kick that foxed keeper Ross Laidlaw and squiremed over the line.

In the fading moments, a cross from Josh Mullin drifted into the Saints box and Fraser lunged to turn in into the net.

Ross co-manager Steven Ferguson, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “The character of our team was fantastic to score so late and win the game. It is a good way to win and a lot of the games are going to be like that this season.

“We did not get carried away by losing the last game and we won’t get carried away with this win.

“We are trying to get a culture here where we keep going until the final whistle and Marcus Fraser is our captain and played a captain’s role with the goal.”

Dejected Saints chief Jim Goodwin added: “We hit the woodwork and pinned Ross County back. We just didn’t take our chances. We shouldn’t have lost the game. It’s as simple as that.

“When it’s 1-1 going into added-on time then we should be able to see it out. We have enough experience to manage it better.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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