Aberdeen spirit delights boss

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes praised his side’s battling

spirit as they came from behind to end their season with a 1-1 draw

against Hearts at Pittodrie.

Ryan Stevenson headed the Jambos into the lead only for the home

side to earn a share of the spoils when Jamie Hamill put through

his own net.

“I’m delighted with so much of the performance. The critical

part of it comes from passing up so many opportunities,” said


“I thought Jamie MacDonald pulled off a lot of saves, and good

saves at that, but a lot of the opportunities we had were at a good

height for him.

“I couldn’t ask for much more from the players. It was difficult

for the likes of Gavin Rae and Isaac Osbourne who are moving


“You would never have known it from the way they played. They

were determined and put in a good performance.

“I was delighted with the response to falling behind. It would

have been easy to say it wasn’t going to be our day and feel sorry

for ourselves.

“It certainly didn’t feel like an end of season game. Both sets

of supporters were excellent.

“There was good solidarity from the Hearts support but there was

a big support from Aberdeen getting behind the team, and I think

they recognised the effort the lads put in.”