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PREMIERSHIP REWIND 4: McINNES: ‘TOUGH WATCH’, HOLT: ‘PLAYED A LOT WORSE AND WON,’ ROBINSON: ‘OURSELVES TO BLAME’, KETTLEWELL: ‘EXCELLENT HAUL’, RICE: ‘GEORGE IS STUPID’, GOODWIN: ‘FRUSTRATING’

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DEREK McINNES acknowledged Aberdeen’s 2-0 win at Livingston was not one for the soccer purists, but it got the job done and moved his side into third place in the Premiership.

A scruffy goal from Andy Considine in the first-half and a penalty-kick from top scorer Sam Cosgrove made certain the points would be travelling back to Pittodrie.

It wasn’t a game of football that will live long in the memory banks, but that won’t bother anyone at the Dons.

McInnes, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “It wasn’t pretty. We knew we weren’t going to get it all our own way, but we’ve found a way to win. It was a tough watch.

“We can expect more in certain games, but what I couldn’t get any more of the willingness of the players to get the three points.”

As well as moving a point ahead of Ross County and Motherwell, the Reds are now unbeaten in five outings.

Livi were out luck with their finishing while Jon Guthrie smacked an effort off the crossbar and Chris Erskine missed with a fresh-air shot with the goal at his mercy.

GARY HOLT, the beaten gaffer, said: “We’ve played a lot worse and won. I thought we were excellent.

“All over the park, we were hungry, we showed for it, we created chances.

“In the areas where you can defend your box better that’s what cost us. My goalkeeper has had nothing to do. He’s picked the ball out of the net twice.”

STEPHEN ROBINSON watched  his Motherwell side collapse 2-1 to Ross County at Fir Park and admitted: “We’ve only got ourselves to blame.”

The Highlanders scored twice in the last 15 minutes through Brian Graham and Ross Stewart as they fought back from being adrift following Allan Campbell’s opener for the home side just after the hour mark.

Remarkably, it was the Dingwall side’s first away Premiership victory.

A dejected Robinson, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “I thought we were in total control. We dominated and why has Declan Gallacher’s goal not stood? You’ll have to ask the referee. There’s no foul whatsoever.

“But we had other chances to put the game to bed, so we’ve only got ourselves to blame. Ross County had two good chances in the second-half and they took them.”

Adding to the Irishman’s woes, he had Jake Carroll sent off after picking up two yellow cards.

STUART KETTLEWELL, the Ross co-manager, added: “We’re six games in to the season now and for us to be sitting with 10 points is an excellent haul.

“We’ve been able to regroup after a couple of bad weeks for us and we’ve pieced together two wins on the bounce. Which is very, very difficult to do in this league.”

BRIAN RICE was bemused as he watched his 10-man Hamilton Accies outfit grab a point in a goalless draw against St Mirren in Paisley.

Striker George Oakley picked up a second booking and was red-carded five minutes into the second half, but the hosts could not capitalise on their advantage.

If anything, it was the visitors who improved after the Accies player’s dismissal for leading with an elbow on Sean McLoughlin.

SEEING RED…George Oakley is sent packing by ref David Munro.

Head coach Rice told BBC Sport: “George [Oakley] is stupid, it’s a stupid challenge. There’s no need for him to go into it, it’s a red card. But my players are getting punished and I don’t see other teams getting punished.

“I think to come here and play almost 45 minutes with 10 men and come away with a point and a clean sheet is a good result for us.”

The Saints toiled to make the breakthrough, but on the positive side, the result breaks a run of three straight defeats.

They went into the encounter with only three goals from five league games – fewer than any other side. And then fired another blank.

JIM GOODWIN, the Paisley side’s gaffer, added: “It was one of the most frustrating games I can remember for a long, long time.

“We’ve completely dominated, but we just couldn’t find a way to break down Hamilton.

“I give them great credit for the way they defended, but we have to be a bit more creative and have a bit more imagination in the final third and try to work their goalkeeper.”

The nearest Accies came to a goal was a ferocious strike from Blair Alston that brought out a rare save from Saint keeper Vaclav Hladky who dived to his right to repel the danger.

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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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