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PREMIERSHIP REWIND 2: ‘PAINFUL,’ ADMITS ANGRY McINNES

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FUMING Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes said SORRY to his team’s fans after the 4-0 hammering from Celtic at Pittodrie yesterday.

The Dons gaffer apologised for the “awful” performance as they were routed by the champions in a landslide first-half where the visitors claimed four goals in a devastating burst.

Odsonne Edouard and Jeremie Frimpong had the champions two goals ahead by the 15th minute and James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi added the others before the home defence got some mush-needed respite at the interval.

McInnes, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “That was a huge disappointment for me. I was astonished at some of the defending and the goals we lost. It was painful.

“I can only apologise to our supporters. They deserve better than that. I think I deserve better than that.

“I thought we were awful. After losing the first goal, we lacked personality and determination and I felt every time the ball went in our box it was a goal to Celtic.

“The first goal is awful,just awful. Odsonne Edouard can amble through and the lack of determination to stop it happening was particularly poor.

“We lost confidence from there and we looked like a team which Celtic, still at their best, we can lose that game, but I don’t expect to lose like this. I expect us to let Celtic know we are there.”

JOY BHOYS…Odsonne Edouard celebrates the opening goal with Jeremie Frimpong and Tom Rogic.

The Dons survived without the loss of further goals after the break, but McInnes said: “I’m not kidded. Celtic eased up in the second-half as the job was done.

“We can’t take Celtic on in a possession-based game, but what we can do is let them know they are in a game.”

McInnes now wants a reaction from his team at Hamilton Accies on Wednesday. He believes the only positive was the half-time introduction of Craig Bryson and he will be aided when Lewis Ferguson and Curtis Main return from suspension.

The Dons gaffer added: “Craig Bryson came on and you could hear him barking instructions. He knows the game and I need his influence on the pitch more.

“All week I’ve expected us to be far better than we were, but from 2-0 the game was done and the confidence was gone.

“I wasn’t expecting that type of performance. Ferguson will help us and Bryson can hopefully come in and help us now.

“I need players to react in the right way and the only focus is on responding starting with Hamilton.

“The supporters should expect better and hopefully we can give them 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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