26th July 2016

The Saints gaffer knows that his side have to stop conceding goals

Manager Derek McInnes was pleased with much of what he saw in last night’s match with Burnley.

The game ended in a 3-1 defeat but after the match Derek said “There were lots of positives for me tonight. There were some good individual performances and as a team I felt we more than matched opposition who, in terms of the transfer fees and salaries involved, are in a completely different league from us.”

The manager was pleased with his new midfield signings saying, “I thought Gavin Swankie and Chris Millar were both influential and I thought our more experienced boys in there (Paul Sheerin and Martin Hardie) also performed very well. I think the partnership between Kevin Rutkiewicz and Stuart McCaffrey continued to gel and you have to remember that players such as Jody Morris, Collin Samuel, Steven Anderson and Kevin James didn’t feature tonight.”

Although pleased with most aspects of the game, McInnes is mindful that three goals were conceded against the Turf Moor outfit and keeping the opposition out of our goal has not been a successful feature of the pre-season build-up.

“We lacked concentration sometimes tonight and it proved costly” he continued. “They broke quickly and we were a bit slack. We know we need to improve at the back. Hamilton Accies won the league last season not on the basis of the goals they scored but on the goals they didn’t concede and we have to get things tighter.”

Owen Coyle expressed satisfaction with the latest stage of his side’s build-up to the start of the Championship season and asked the Saints Official Website to convey his thanks to the Perth supporters who gave him such a warm reception last night.

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