Aberdeen 3-0 St Mirren: McInnes expects Dons to get stronger

Kenny McLean (centre) set-up Adam Rooney's second goal
Kenny McLean (centre) set-up Adam Rooney's second goal

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes expects his side's form to get even better between now and the end of the season.

The Dons saw off St Mirren 3-0 at Pittodrie on Saturday to make it 13 games unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership, where they are now level on 57 points with leaders Celtic.

Aberdeen play Celtic next Sunday, but McInnes refutes the idea of it being a title decider.

"No it's a great game, that's what it is," he told BBC Scotland.

"We're starting to get a real strength about us and hopefully we can hit even better form at the right time. I still think we can get stronger.

"It's never easy, but to have won 4-0, 3-0 and 3-0 in the last three games has been a brilliant response and the players deserve so much credit."

Aberdeen's Donervon Daniels challenges St Mirren's John McGinn
Aberdeen's Donervon Daniels challenges St Mirren's John McGinn

Celtic have two games in hand over Aberdeen, the first of those being a meeting with Hamilton Academical at Parkhead on Sunday.

Adam Rooney netted his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season with two close range finishes, before Mark Reynolds headed home from Niall McGinn's corner against St Mirren.

Former Buddie Kenny McLean played his part in creating both of Rooney's efforts.

"All areas of the team were excellent and we got on top of them early on," said McInnes.

"From the second goal on we were very comfortable. We felt in the first half we didn't get the ball in behind them enough so we tried to angle our runs a bit more and cause them problems.

"I also thought we had the opportunity to put the ball in the box a bit more than we did do, so we demanded more out of them in the second half."

St Mirren manager Gary Teale had to watch from the stands because of a touchline ban, but agreed Aberdeen deserved to win the game.

"We spoke about stopping crosses during the week and you've got to be alive to that danger until the ball is cleared.

"It's lapses in concentration and decision-making that's costing us.

"If we can finish in 10th position, it's just being realistic, not defeatist. You just want to make sure we are in this league next season."