McInnes achieves goal by guiding Aberdeen to League Cup glory

Derek McInnes was basking in the glory of becoming a Scottish League Cup winner on the weekend.

Derek McInnes was basking in the glory of becoming a Scottish League Cup winner on the weekend.

McInnes’ Aberdeen were triumphant in Sunday’s league cup final against Inverness at Celtic Park, winning 4-2 on penalties, after a 0-0 draw at the end of extra-time.

The 42-year old former St Johnstone and Bristol City manager took the reins at Pittodrie in March 2013, replacing Craig Brown, and immediately identified the league cup as one of his goals.

Just over 12 months later and McInnes has landed a piece of silverware for the Dons – their first since the 1995/96 League Cup – which prompted the following comments from the Paisley native.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic. You can see what it means to so many people,” said McInnes after the match.

"We were well aware when we took the job of the need and desperation to get a trophy again and to get Aberdeen successful.

"We have got a brilliant board and a great chairman, and there are a lot of staff who have had to endure Aberdeen for a long time, working hard for little success.

"But the supporters came here in huge numbers because they believe in the team and I saw how hard my players worked for this.

"It was a tight final. I thought we had the greater opportunities and, once it comes down to penalty kicks, you've got to back yourselves and take them with confidence. I thought our penalties were different class and thankfully Jamie (goalkeeper Langfield) has also managed to save one.

"It's unfortunate for Inverness, who had a good final. It was tight, as I said, but the overriding thing for us was just to win the game, no matter how we did it."

 
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