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Tannadice Park (ATT 12,601) 1st January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Dundee U Dundee United vs Aberdeen Aberdeen

Dundee U 1

J Souttar (51)

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Aberdeen 2

B Robson (pen 64)
P Pawlett (90+1)

Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insisted his side were worthy winners at Tannadice

Last Updated: 01/01/14 6:36pm

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Derek McInnes: Delighted with Aberdeen's win at Dundee United

Derek McInnes: Delighted with Aberdeen's win at Dundee United

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insisted his side were worthy winners of a pulsating New Year's Day match at Tannadice.

Dundee United led through John Souttar's 51st minute goal but Barry Robson's penelty and Peter Pawlett's last-minute header sealed a 2-1 success.

"In the second half we created so many chances and their keeper's pulled off three or four great saves," McInnes said. "To come from behind and win it, I think we got what we deserved.

"There was two teams desperate to win the game and I thought, generally, the referee handled the game well. It was competitive and aggressive but I don't think it ever boiled over at any point.

"We wanted to come here and win and I told the players at half-time to demand more of themselves. These boys never know they're beaten and always try to win the game. Peter Pawlett was outstanding today."

Jackie McNamara's side were suffering their third consecutive defeat, and the United manager said: "We can play a lot better and I don't think it was a very entertaining game; very stop-start.

"There were a lot of free-kicks in the game and niggly fouls. It's a good learning curve for our boys."

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 16 38
2 Inverness CT 16 32
3 Dundee United 16 31
4 Aberdeen 16 31
5 Hamilton Academical 16 30
6 St Johnstone 16 23
7 Kilmarnock 16 21
8 Dundee 16 20
9 Partick Thistle 16 19
10 Motherwell 16 11
11 Ross County 16 9
12 St Mirren 16 8

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McInnes: Dons worthy winners

McInnes: Dons worthy winners

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insisted his side were worthy winners of a pulsating New Year's Day match at Tannadice.