Ross County 2-3 Aberdeen: Dons 'could have scored more'

Adam Rooney celebrates scoring for Aberdeen
Adam Rooney levelled for Aberdeen after Ian McShane's opener for Ross County

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes his depleted side could have scored more after defeating Ross County 3-2.

The Dons lost Mark Reynolds to a 26th-minute red card, and fell behind to Ian McShane's free-kick.

"We counter-attacked with real purpose and if we hadn't rushed final bits we could have scored more," McInnes told BBC Scotland.

"I'm delighted with all my players. To a man, we stood up, we played with a lot of heart and a lot of thought."

McInnes praised his side's "immediate response" to the dismissal and the goal, with Aberdeen levelling through Adam Rooney's penalty and taking the lead before half-time with Shay Logan's deflected strike.

The right-back added another on the hour mark.

"It's important to keep a calmness when, all of a sudden the goal doesn't come, or you have to react to going behind," McInnes told BBC Scotland.

"We still felt our pace could cause them problems, that if we dealt with that first ball and managed to get enough of the ball in the middle of the park, we could cause them problems.

"Sometimes going down to 10 men gives you an opportunity to nick a goal, but we didn't nick that game today."

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre, meanwhile, was incensed by referee Crawford Allan's decision to play advantage, rather than award a penalty, when Brian Graham was felled by Ash Taylor in the box at 0-0.

Play continued, and Alex Schalk saw his shot saved by Scott Brown in the Aberdeen goal.

"It's a clear penalty kick, which the referee has got to give us," he said. "He seems to think a shot from an angle is an advantage. I would take the penalty there all day long.

"He said to me at half-time he gave the advantage and once he gives the advantage, he can't take it back. For us, there's a bigger advantage in getting the penalty."

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