Jim Goodwin has no issue with VAR delays on one condition as Aberdeen boss hails Hibs win

Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin says he has no issue with the length of time taken to make VAR decisions, provided the officials arrive at the correct ruling.

Referee David Munro looks at the VAR monitor before awarding Aberdeen a penalty which led to their opener in the 4-1 win over Hibs.  (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Referee David Munro looks at the VAR monitor before awarding Aberdeen a penalty which led to their opener in the 4-1 win over Hibs. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

The Dons boss was thrilled to see his side run out 4-1 victors over Hibs and leapfrog the Leith side into third place in the Premiership.

A controversial penalty was dispatched at the second time of asking by the club’s leading scorer Bojan Miovski at the end of the first-half and that gave his side an advantage that they wasted little time building on after the break as the North Macedonia international added a second just seven minutes after the restart, before Ylber Ramadani and Leighton Clarkson weighed in.

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But VAR’s part in the first goal and Hibs only response, from Myko Kucharevich’s late on, and the length of time taken to award each decision sparked frustration.

“I’m not going to gloat and suggest we gave Hibs a going-over because we didn’t. 4-1 flatters us a bit,” Goodwin said.

“The game panned out how I’d expected in terms of territory. I didn’t feel there was a great deal between the teams and I always felt it would be tight.

“I did feel the first goal was going to be huge and it’s probably going to be a big talking point, but the decision has gone in our favour.

“VAR’s been in place all over the world for years and the main aim is to get the big calls right more often than not.

“My concern about the first one was that I thought Duk was offside. I did feel he got there first and that Marshall went to ground and there must have been contact. Thankfully it went for us, there’ll be occasions when it’ll go against us.

“I know it’ll be the talking point. The length of time it takes to get to a decision, but I don’t mind how long it takes as long as it gets to the right decision.

“It was really important that we got the three points back off Hibs that they got at Easter Road.

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“For us to beat Hearts and Hibs at home the way we have is brilliant.”

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