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Boss McInnes backs Aberdeen to keep the pressure on

By Andy Newport

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is confident they can keep the Ladbrokes Premiership run-in exciting after they rejuvenated their title bid with a 1-0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice.

Simon Church headed the only goal from Shay Logan's cross in the 29th minute as Aberdeen took advantage of Celtic's draw with Dundee to move four points behind the leaders.

McInnes was sent to the stand after complaining about the second of two disallowed goals, but nothing could spoil his night.

The Dons' title credentials were seriously damaged on Saturday when they failed to exploit Celtic's Friday night draw with Hamilton by conceding a late penalty equaliser at home to St Johnstone.

But the race is firmly on.

McInnes said: "It was important to win. We felt we needlessly shipped two points on Saturday. We were very comfortable with two minutes to go and gifted a penalty.

"When you see the players working so hard and are so committed, when they don't get the reward for that there was a lot of anger and frustration and it was important we showed that.

"The performance was good but the result was everything.

"We are just delighted with our work here and we move on with 10 games to go.

"We have a 10-game season and we are confident that we can win games that can keep everybody interested.

"We have been given every encouragement by the last couple of results.

"Hopefully I'm still being asked the same questions over the next few weeks, but we have to keep winning."

Meanwhile, St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright admitted his side made it far too easy for Partick Thistle to put a huge dent in their Ladbrokes Premiership top-six ambitions.

The Perth men barely lifted a glove as Jags did the damage with a 2-1 win at McDiarmid Park..

"It was too easy. Both goals were too easy," said Wright.

"Little spells in games are killing us. Overall this season we've conceded far too many goals."

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