DEL CONCENTRATES ON WINNING START
26th July 2016
Derek McInnes was quick to play down any fall-out with Livingston manager Roberto Landi in the wake of St Johnstoneâ€™s 2-0 win on the opening day of the First Division season.
McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty exchanged words with the new West Lothian gaffer on the touchline in the final stages of the game with Landi refusing to shake hands at the end of the game and making his feelings known in the post-match press conference.
However, Del was keen to concentrate on the positives of the opening day win and would only say â€œIâ€™m concerned if Landi has made an issue of it as it would be wrong to take the shine off a good win. Iâ€™ve had a coffee with him and he has apologised for not shaking my hand. I donâ€™t think he liked us contesting some of the decisions but we gave them the respect they were due and won it fair and square. I make no apologies for my conduct â€“ Iâ€™ve nothing to apologise for.â€
Turning to his teamâ€™s win, the Perth boss said â€œIâ€™m delighted with the efforts of the players. I know we can play better but I thought we dug in well, particularly after going down to ten men. Kevin James and Martin Hardie brought a strength and presence to the side. We hardly had them available at all last season and they are so important to us.â€
Photo: Livvy Manager Roberto Landi exchanges views with the Perth management team during the game.