Derek McInnes has said that Dean Campbell will learn from the experience of his red card against Ross County, and manage his game better in future.
The Dons were ahead at Pittodrie through Curtis Main’s goal when Campbell received a second yellow card. County went on to equalise and then score a late winner to secure a 2-1 victory.
“When you go so long with 10 men, you’ve got to make sure there’s enough resilience to see it out and given the circumstances it would have been a brilliant point,” McInnes said.
“Everything became more difficult with 10 men, and it’s a learning curve for Dean. Once he’s on a yellow card he should be keeping his nose clean and staying out of bother.
“Maybe another referee looks at it differently given the circumstances and it’s very harsh on him but it doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 36, you keep out the way of the referee.”
Ross County co-manager was particularly pleased with three points given the venue, with his team having struggled on the road this season.
He said “We felt a monkey on our back regarding our away form, and to right a wrong in winning the game today was big for us as a group.
“We try to improve on everything we do and we’ve had two performances against Aberdeen this season that we definitely needed to improve on, and we felt we got that today which ultimately gave us the chance to win the game.
“We’ve said often enough that if we can provide chances for Billy McKay he will take them and that’s what he did today. With both goals there was a really small margin for where he could put the ball and he managed to hit that target, so credit to Billy for that.”