Derek McInnes 'understands Aberdeen fan concerns' as he hits out at Hibs penalty call

Derek McInnes cuts a dejected figure after Aberdeen lost 2-0 to Hibs.Derek McInnes cuts a dejected figure after Aberdeen lost 2-0 to Hibs.
Derek McInnes cuts a dejected figure after Aberdeen lost 2-0 to Hibs.
Derek McInnes says he understands increasing disgruntlement from the Aberdeen supporters after a 2-0 defeat by Hibs at Easter Road left them five points adrift of their third-placed Premiership rivals and continued a poor run of form.

The Dons, now in fourth place, have only won one of their past eight matches, a sequence of results that has allowed Jack Ross’ team to leap above them and while they do have a game in hand over Hibs, some sections of the Pittodrie fanbase want an end to McInnes’ near eight-year tenure.

A disputed penalty from Martin Boyle on 27 minutes and another strike from the same player midway through the second half settled the match, with Dons keeper Joe Lewis making a series of saves to keep the score down. McInnes accepts that he and his faltering team will come under scrutiny.

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"I can understand the fans' concerns as we have been used to far better than that,” said McInnes. "Over the piece we have offered more than that and it's not a stat [one win in eight] we are proud of. We are disappointed to be on that run but we will work hard to stop that.

"I think we have the players to do that. [Fraser] Hornby and [Florian] Kamberi can be big players for us.

"The three new strikers will hopefully get up to speed and that will help matters. But we certainly need to have more of a punch at the top of the pitch.”

McInnes felt referee Willie Collum was wrong to award Hibs a penalty when Lewis Ferguson was penalised for a foul on Jamie Murphy.

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"I thought the penalty decision had a big bearing on the outcome, or certainly how the first half played out,” continued McInnes.

"I think it's a poor decision. I like Willie Collum and I think he's one of our best referees, but I just don't see it. I think Murphy does well, driving into the box, but he toe-pokes it into the side-netting, and Lewis has actually tried to stop himself from going into him. Having seen it again, I still think it's such a harsh decision.”

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