Derek McInnes says his Aberdeen side should have put the St Johnstone match out of sight.
The Dons drew 1-1 in Perth, despite Tommy Wright’s side playing with nine men for a period of the match. Murray Davidson and Callum Hendry were both sent off for equally ridiculous challenges.
Aberdeen weren’t able to take all three points though and couldn’t create a five-point gap between them in third and Motherwell in fourth.
“We started really brightly and got the goal but then like in the last game, we make a mistake and give them the opportunity to score,” he told the Aberdeen website.
“Second half we have done ourselves in from a winning position but how that penalty is not given in the first half, is incredible. It is a penalty kick every day of the week and I can’t for the life of me understand why one of the four officials can’t see what we have all seen.
“So a combination of that plus our own inability to keep the clean sheet and bring enough quality to the game in the second half has meant that we have dropped two points. We had three points in the pocket but you are never there until the final whistle.”
It’s two points dropped for McInnes and Aberdeen in Perth
At 1-0 Aberdeen were well in control. Had a penalty been given, and perhaps a sending off for Wallace Duffy’s deliberate handball, then this game may have finished differently.
It didn’t though and McInnes was left to rue missed chances. St Johnstone probably earned their point in the end given they defended with nine men for the last quarter.
Dropped points in Perth isn’t a disaster but it is a missed opportunity. It was a chance to keep building winning momentum, having won four of their last five prior to their Perth trip.
They’ll look to make up for this result with a win over St Mirren in their next fixture.