McGhee Slams Shocking Defending

DONS boss Mark McGhee slammed captain Zander Diamond's part in Aberdeen's first-ever defeat to Inverness Caley Thistle at the Caledonian Stadium yesterday.

Diamond, who has resembled a newborn giraffe for much of this season, made a ridiculous attempt to clear the ball which was pounced on by Caley Thistle's Adam Rooney, who chipped goalkeeper Mark Howard to seal the 2-0 win.

Irishman Jonny Hayes had put Inverness ahead in the 18th minute when his cross-cum-shot floated over Howard into the net.

It was the Highlanders' first home SPL win of the season and first ever home league win against Aberdeen.

McGhee said: "I'm disappointed with the circumstances that we lost the game, especially the second goal.

"The first goal was a bit flukey - it wasn't a shot, it was a cross. Our response to that wasn't great.

"The second goal is indecision from Zander. It was shocking and it resulted in them scoring an unnecessary goal."

Aberdeen had chances to score, but were clearly missing their many injured players, and striker Scott Vernon, who was on a hot scoring streak of four in four, looked lost without his strike partner Bebo Maguire.

And McGhee also blasted referee Calum Murray, who sent off substitute Michael Paton for stumbling onto Hayes in the second half.

McGhee added: "I thought it was a shame because I thought the referee got it just totally wrong.

"Michael is not the sort of lad that is going to stamp on anyone and if he did tread on the boy it was accidental."

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