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Derek McInnes pinpoints Matty Kennedy Rangers error that led to goal

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Derek McInnes has pinpointed a mistake from Matty Kennedy that led to Rangers' winner against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Scott McKenna and Ash Taylor weren't too clever with the space afforded to Ryan Kent as he raced through to slot past Joe Lewis.

But McInnes reckoned Kennedy got it all wrong as he allowed Tavernier to kick the move into action.

And while the Dons boss was full of praise for the quality of Alfredo Morelos' killer pass, he was annoyed with his side's role in it.

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He told Sky Sports: "We appreciate that Rangers had far more possession in the first half than we would have liked.

"That said, I think Joe has only had one save to make from Hagi from distance. Rangers are a possession based team and their movement at the top end is first class.

"I think we didn’t quite get our distances right in front of the back four.

"The goal, people will probably look at the centre backs and say they should have done better and there is a case and point for that.

"But it starts with Matty Kennedy’s press. It should be showing Tavernier on the outside. He turns his back and lets him come inside and when you’re adopting a high press like that you can’t be susceptible to what happened.

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"You don’t want Rangers to have it all their own way coming out from the back, we tried to take them into areas where when they played that forward pass we would win it. It’s just little things and if Matty Kennedy shows him down the line that goal doesn’t happen.

"You’ve got to say the weight of pass and the calmness of finish from Kent is what you expect with the quality they boys have but I think when it’s 1-0 we had it all to do."

The Aberdeen gaffer was happier with the second half performance but he was a bit disappointed by the quality in the final third from his side.

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The best chance they had was from a corner that was cleared off the goal line and he added: "We tried to settle down and in the last 15 minutes of the first half we were better, it felt like more of a game. Second half we were far more compact and carried a threat and were unlucky with the set piece. McKenna just can’t get it out of his feet and the big boy defended it well on the line.

"It was just that lack of quality that wasn’t there for us. It was a good shift up against a good team and we need to do certain things better. The last couple of games we’ve had draws with them and had to do a lot of things right.

"We needed a wee bit more from our attacking play and our possession based play in the second half. When we got them coming on to us, I thought we could have looked after that ball a bit better."


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