St Johnstone reaction

Last updated : 04 April 2021 By Aberdeen Mad

Derek McInnes speaks to the press after the goalless draw at Perth.

“First half I thought we were very good, we found some good pockets of space and areas to work in. We were good up to a point, the point being that final bit in and around their box. We were just looking for somebody to put their hand up and produce a bit of quality to create or score a goal and we didn’t get it.

“In general play, I thought we were good in that first half. Kennedy was very influential, the running power of Hedges, Wright and Hayes gave good support to Cosgrove. At the other end, we were solidly defensively, even after Tommie Hoban went off so early on. By and large, I felt we were the better team.

“Second half, it was more even, St Johnstone squeezed the game a bit more, the spaces afforded to us in the first half weren’t quite there and the game became more back and forth, cancelling each other out a wee bit.

“Joe made a save at the end but that was the only thing of note he had to do and that tells the story. We’re just disappointed we haven’t turned what was a good away performance, especially first half, into a brilliant one with a brilliant result.

“We take the point, we take a second clean sheet in a row which is a good response after Ross County, but clearly we’ve still got work to do to improve on this performance in terms of scoring goals to win the game. We’ve done so much right in the game, with the effort, the commitment, getting up the pitch quickly, but we need to win more of these games rather than getting draws.

“That said, we were up against a good team tonight, St Johnstone have shown that time and time again as they did in beating Hibs 3-0 on Saturday. We knew we wouldn’t get it all our own way, but as an away team coming here, I thought we grabbed the game and owned it in the first 45 minutes, but we didn’t turn that into all three points.”