DEREK McINNES insists red-card culprit Dean Campbell will learn from the experience as Aberdeen lost 2-1 to Ross County at Pittodrie.

The Scotland Under-19 midfielder was sent packing after picking up two first-half bookings.

McInnes’ men were leading when Campbell received a second yellow card from referee Gavin Duncan when he prevented Iain Vigours from taking a quick free-kick.

The Dons boss, who watched his team slump to their fourth consecutive loss. told the Sunday Mail: “It is a learning curve for Dean, although I do think there was a bit of inconsistency there.

“The first one is a yellow card for stopping a promising attack although normally you get booked when it is in your own half and you really are stopping a promising attack.

“Once Dean has got the yellow card he should have been keeping his nose clean and out of bother.”

McInnes reckons other players get away with such offences and it is the inconsistency of the match officials that is the biggest frustration.

He added: “I think what Dean has done, you see every week.

“It actually happened to us at Kilmarnock when we tried to take a quick free-kick and their boy has walked across the ball and the referee dealt with it and it wasn’t a yellow card.

“He defused the situation and got on with it and maybe another referee looks at that differently, given the circumstances as Dean has had one foul and then he was sent off.”

McInnes believes playing so long with 10 men after the full-on clash with champions Celtic a week ago today and going to extra-time in the 4-3 Scottish Cup win at Rugby Park took its toll on his players.

He added: “We spoke at the start of the game as a team and a staff about trying to get off to a good start and to get the first goal.

“We knew we needed that with something to hang on to and that goal gave us oxygen to keep plugging away, but going down to 10 men everything became more difficult.”

Curtis Main had put the home side ahead, but Billy McKay hit back for the Dingwall outfit to claim two strikes to take the points to the Highlands.


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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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