McInnes: Pressure not affecting players

Despite some flurries of pressure, particularly in the opening quarter of an hour, the home side could not overcome Alan Archibald’s well-organised unit, but McInnes insisted after the match that the pressure to overtake Celtic at the top was not the reason behind his players’ inability to convert their dominance into goals.

He said: “I don’t think there’s anxiety, there’s an eagerness to win the game. We said to the players at half-time, we’ve got to deal with the expectation and with the demand to win the game.

“It doesn’t matter if there’s a chance to go top, at any time there is a demand here at Pittodrie to win the game. It’s the nature of it.

“There’s no problem with us being at home, we’ve had worse than that here (from the crowd). We’ve got good players here who are hurting because we’ve not won the game, but we know how to deal with certain situations and home or away we always try to win the game.

“We’re disappointed and we’ve got a dressing room full of disappointed players. It wasn’t the result we were looking for.

“We knew it was going to be tough tonight. We were coming up against a team that has come up here in good form, and similar to the Inverness game we were up against a team that had to be overcome and who played their part in it."

Source: The Herald