Derek McInnes: Dons have “plenty of time to get into a winning rhythm”

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

Boss Derek McInnes today insisted there is no “doom and gloom” at Pittodrie despite the Dons’ stuttering Premiership start.

Following a 1-1 draw with Inverness at the weekend the Dons have taken just six points from the opening five league games.

The Reds are nine points worse off than they were at this stage last season.

League leaders Celtic already hold a six-point advantage and have played a game less than the Dons.

However, McInnes is confident Aberdeen will quickly rediscover their winning form.

He said: “We have plenty to look forward to and it is not all doom and gloom yet. It is still early on and we have lost one game in the five we have had.

“However, we have been used to winning rather than drawing.

“With the two drawn games at home against Inverness and Hearts, we should be four points further on.

“It is only five games in, and there is plenty of time to get into a winning rhythm and find our own form.

“That is the challenge and the players are honest enough with their work to try to find that improvement.

“By sticking together I am sure we will find the form we have shown over the last three seasons.”

Aberdeen were leading through a Niall McGinn goal but poor defending allowed Iain Vigurs to equalise with a superb strike.

McInnes said: “The first half performance clearly wasn’t good enough as we did not move the ball about with any real tempo.

“We were ponderous in possession and our movement wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be.

“At half-time we talked about what we wanted and were far more aggressive in the second half.

“For their goal we had opportunities to clear it.

“To win a game at home it needs to be a better 90 minute performance.

“There is still loads of room for improvement.”

Aberdeen had pushed Celtic in a title race in the last two seasons but already trail the defending champions by six points.

McInnes said: “It is still early in the season. “We cannot get caught up with what other teams are doing. We just have to manage our own game and performances.”