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26th July 2016

Derek McInnes picks over the bones of the 3-0 defeat to Dunfermline

Manager Derek McInnes felt there was an enthusiasm and energy missing from today’s performance against Dunfermline Athletic.

Speaking in the wake of the Fife side’s emphatic 3-0 win at McDiarmid Park, Derek told the post-match press conference “We didn’t start well at all and Dunfermline dominated the opening ten minutes and overall we just didn’t do enough to compete.

Photo: Kevin Rutkiewicz holds his head after gifting possession from which the Pars scored their third goal.

“There are very few players who can be happy with their contribution today but to be fair it is very rare that we are as poor as we were today. It’s not often we are dominated the way we were today, particularly at McDiarmid Park.”

The manager was not prepared to use the illness-induced absence of midfielder Martin Hardie as an excuse for the defeat, saying “Martin was hit with a fever on Thursday night and hasn’t eaten since then and we had hoped to have him on the bench today but he contacted me this morning to say that he wasn’t well enough to travel. But there are no excuses – we should have had enough to make up for the absence of one player. You are looking for other players to step up to the mark of these occasions and nobody did.”

The defeat to Dunfermline is the heaviest reversal Saints have suffered since the second half of season 2004/2005 when Falkirk beat us 3-0 at the Falkirk Stadium in April 2005 having won by the same scoreline at McDiarmid Park three months earlier.

Derek McInnes also spoke exclusively to the Saints Official Website after today’s game:

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