Aberdeen: Derek McInnes defends red-carded Nicky Low

Referee Craig Charleston sends off Nicky Low

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes thought Nicky Low was unfortunate to be sent off against Kilmarnock but has yet to decide whether to lodge an appeal.

The 21-year-old midfielder was shown a straight red card for a lunge at Sean Clohessy during

"I will have to look at it again," said McInnes about a possible appeal.

"He has over-ran the ball, then, in his enthusiasm to make up for that, he's lifted off the ground, but at the end he's pulled out the tackle.

Referee Craig Charleston showed Low the red card in stoppage time at Rugby Park after the player had been on the field less than 20 minutes as a substitute.

"He is a touch player, Nicky, he's not a dirty player," McInnes told BBC Scotland.

"There's got to be an understanding there. I think if the referee sees it again, he might look at it differently.

"The boy is absolutely distraught, but there's no need to be.

"He'll learn from that. It's a harsh decision on him, but thankfully it was in the last couple of minutes of the game and it didn't affect us too much."

McInnes was nevertheless delighted with the win, courtesy of Mark Reynolds' 83rd-minute header, which lifts his side into second place in the Scottish Premiership.

"The goal came a bit later than we had hoped, but I always felt there was a goal in us," he said.

"Craig Samson's pulled off a couple of great, point-blank saves and we felt Ryan Jack should have scored in the first half - from six yards he hits the bar with his header,

"I was a wee bit disappointed that we were not carrying enough threat from set-plays - something we have been very good at of late.

"We sent Mark Reynolds up and maybe that un-nerved them a bit as he had stayed back for the majority of the game and what a great header it was.

"I think we got our rewards because we played the majority of the half inside their half and I thought our quality in the final third shone through and I thought we deserved the three points."

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