Aberdeen: Derek McInnes sees much room for improvement

Hibs 0-0 Aberdeen

Manager Derek McInnes admitted Aberdeen's performance in the goalless draw at Hibs left a lot to be desired, but felt a poor pitch contributed.

It was his first game as Dons manager since replacing Craig Brown.

"I think we'll file it under the category 'never to be seen again'," McInnes told BBC Radio Scotland.

"It was probably a result and performance that reflects where we are in the table, so we've got to make sure we're better than that."

McInnes has four more Scottish Premier League games before the season ends to judge which players he wants to keep at Pittodrie for 2013-14.

"I've got four or five weeks working with the boys to make big decisions," he said.

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Interview - Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

"I've just got to make sure when those decisions get made that I've got every confidence that it's the right ones.

"There's that anxiety for the players, it's an uncertain time for the ones that are out of contract. They've got to try and relax and show themselves."

Aberdeen only mustered one shot on target, while Hibs hit the post through Chesterfield-bound Eoin Doyle in the second half.

Leigh Griffiths was also a regular threat, forcing Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield into a fine save from a spectacular 30-yard effort late-on.

McInnes added: "It was poor fare at times but we've made sure we showed enough battling qualities to get the point.

"It's something to work on and there's plenty of room for improvement.

"It was pretty average at best. It was dour and it was a battle. Both sets of players had to play in conditions that were really always going to be difficult to show any real quality.

"The pitch was fiery, it's dry, it's bobbly and this wind was blowing all over the place.

"I think we showed enough resolve to earn the point. But we've obviously got to look more potent, we tried different combinations up there and mixed it about, but we never really used pace or abilities at the top end of the pitch to go and win the game."

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