Derek McInnes
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes walks on the pitch during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insists he’s pleased with his team’s effort during their 1-0 win over Rangers on Wednesday.

Aberdeen were reduced to ten men just before the interval when Sam Cosgrove saw red for two bookable offences.

However, they stood firm to take home all three points from a lacklustre Rangers team.

McInnes said, according to Evening Times:

“We had to pick ourselves off the floor after Sunday but I was pleased with a lot of the aspects of the game.”

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“We spoke beforehand to the players about not just being a cup team. We’ve prided ourselves on our league form and with a couple of games in hand, we wanted to see the importance of the points in December.”

“The first three came at Ibrox and we got a lot of things right. It was similar to the game at Pittodrie – they went down to 10 men and had Morelos sent off but they had something to hold on to. Thankfully we managed to get an equaliser that day and thankfully Rangers didn’t last night.”

“We defended from the front and there was a real responsibility from my players. Rangers threw everything at us – they’ve not always had Morelos and Lafferty available for certain games this season and I wasn’t surprised when I heard Lafferty was coming on at half-time. It gave us another problem to deal with.”

“It’s a real shot in the arm when you see the players put so much in. We’ve got four defenders available but they know their jobs. Their defended brilliantly and their was tenacity all over the pitch. We got our just rewards.”