Derek McInnes backs Aberdeen improvements as he warns rivals they are just getting started

Aberdeen made it five wins on the bounce but demanding Derek McInnes still wants even more from his on-form team.

The Dons warmed up nicely for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Viking Stavanger, as Ross McCrorie scored his first goal for the club, to claim this latest victory against Kilmarnock.

Aberdeen now sit well-placed in the top four, knowing if they can win their two games-in-hand that they could be right up there challenging at the top end of the Premiership.

McInnes said: “I was pleased with the speed in the team and quick support as some of the play was really impressive but I’m still looking for more.

“The exciting part is that I know that there is better in us even though that’s five-wins-in-a-row now.

“We have only lost two goals in all six games this season which is encouraging, but we would have liked to score a couple more today, but we got the job done.”

It was McCrorie’s first goal since he scored at Pittodrie for Rangers back in 2018. He has quickly become a Pittodrie favourite and although he limped off against Killie, McInnes expects him to be fit for Norway.



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McInnes admitted: “I should have taken him off earlier as he was suffering from a knee knock but I’m confident he’ll be fine for Norway.

“It was a great finish and with his left foot at that to finish off what was a great move from the team.”

The Dons boss was also delighted to send the 300 fans, who were allowed in as part of the home trial, away happy.

He said: “We were aware the fans were there right from the warm-up and it was important to give them the win after not seeing the team in the flesh for so long.

“It’s great they could go away happy with the three points and I can promise them that there’s more to come from us.’

It was the first time fans had been inside Pittodrie since March 7th, when Aberdeen beat Hibs pre-lockdown.

There were 14,388 in that day but it was a tiny fraction of that as Scottish football finds its feet again.

Both teams had put the seats to a season ticket ballot and for the lucky ones it was like the golden ticket in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory.

The fans, housed in the South Stand, had to wear their face masks at all times and were under strict instructions not to shout or sing but they were allowed to clap.



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Aberdeen were unchanged from the team who started in the win at Hibs before the international break.

Kilmarnock had an impressive 4-0 win of their own, against Dundee United, last time out.

Boss Alex Dyer made one adjustment from that team with Ross Millen returning from suspension and Zeno Rossi dropping to the bench.

Aberdeen quickly clicked into gear and went close when Tommie Hoban headed a Matty Kennedy corner towards goal but Andrew Considine knocked wide.

The Dons then showed patience and persistence in equal measures to take the lead in the 16th minute.

The ball went back out to Joe Lewis and he found Matty Kennedy who then fed Scott Wright and he pulled the ball back for McCrorie to drill a low shot into the bottom left hand corner of Danny Rogers’ net.

Killie started well and then faded, although they went close with a good 33rd minute effort.

Burke taunted and teased his defender before his cross was headed out to Greg Kiltie who cracked in a low shot that Joe Lewis pushed wide.

Killie looked more dangerous as the half drew to a close with Scott Wright clearing a Millen cross.

Broadfoot took a couple of knocks and was brave in a challenge on McCrorie just before half-time, but he failed to re-appear after the interval and was replaced by Clevid Dikamona.

The second half was pretty pedestrian until the closing stages.

Jonny Hayes showed good skill to cut in from the left and crack in a shot that Rogers, on his Pittodrie return, tipped over.

Sub Mitch Pinnock picked out Kiltie but his shot was deflected wide while Aberdeen should have gone further ahead when Marley Watkin’s split open the Killie defence for Scott Wright to run clear, but he shot wide.

Killie created a great chance of their own when Pinnock pulled it back to McKenzie who let fly but Scott McKenna managed to deflect it over the bar, and Hayes and Tommie Hoban failed to take late chances to make the final score more convincing.

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