Derek McInnes played down talk of Aberdeen finishing second in the SPFL Premiership this season after an impressive 3-0 win over Partick Thistle on Saturday afternoon
The Aberdeen manager watched his side comfortably beat the Jags in Glasgow through strikes by Calvin Zola, Peter Pawlett and Josh Magennis. It was their first win since the opening day of the season and McInnes is pouncing on suggestions the Dons can push on for a second-placed finish.
“How arrogant and naive would that be for anyone at Aberdeen to say that,” McInnes said. “We haven’t finished in the top six for four or five seasons now, so it would be ridiculous.
“We can’t stop people saying nice things about us, but all we’re trying to do is work our way through each game as it comes and see where we go. ut performances like today are encouraging and we had a great travelling support, so we are delighted to send them home happy.”
Though without Russell Anderson in defence, with the experienced Andrew Considine deputising, McInnes admits the back four is one area in which Aberdeen are well stocked. He added: “We’ve been pretty solid this season: three clean sheets in a row actually.
“Russell Anderson and Mark Reynolds have been in central defence for the last two games, obviously Russell gets an injury, so we can call upon someone with experience of Andrew Considine. For all the injuries we’ve got, that was probably one area where we weren’t too bad. We still had Clark Robertson on the bench as well. Being able to bring Andrew [Considine] in was massive with his experience and he passed the test with flying colours.”
The defeat came as a blow to newly-promoted Partick and boss Alan Archibald says his side will be trying to adapt throughout the season.
Archibald said: “We’ve been on TV and we’re five, six weeks into the season already. I think most managers know how we play. We’ve adapted to that, we’ve tried different shapes when teams have pressed us in different ways, but that’ll happen all season.
“We learned something about the team after going to St Mirren and winning, so we’ll see how they react.”