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Dons manager Mark McGhee has no fear of task facing him

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee
McGhee felt the first-half performance was unacceptable

Manager Mark McGhee was smarting after a last-minute goal by Jure Travner gave St Mirren a 2-1 win over Aberdeen.

But the Dons boss dismissed the suggestion he may not have the appetite to put things right at the club, which sits in eighth place in the league.

He told BBC Scotland: "I have no fear of this situation, of the task in hand.

"I'm still here for the ride and I intend to work hard to improve it. This matters to me and they matter to me, as my players."

Aberdeen had travelled to Paisley buoyed by two home wins on the trot, against Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League last weekend and against Falkirk in the last eight of the Co-operative Insurance Cup.

Rory McArdle's strike had cancelled Marc McAusland's opener for the Buddies, who were bottom of the SPL at kick-off.

But an error by Michael Paton allowed on-loan Watford midfielder Travner in to score on 92 minutes and the Dons had no time to fight for an equaliser.

McGhee added: "The first half performance was diabolical, it was inert, it was lacking in energy. I expected so much better.

"I'm quite prepared to lose games but not prepared to lose games the way we did in the first half.

"(After the match) I was quite emotional and quite disappointed and quite angry."

If I have to change more until I get the right formula, then that is exactly what I will do

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee

McGhee was left questioning whether his team had, in fact, turned the corner after a torrid run of results seemed to have been ended by the two recent wins.

"The Hibs game, you have now got to discount it - a new manager (Colin Calderwood) had come in, maybe there were certain uncertainties there," he said.

"I don't know how we managed to beat them 4-2, when you saw us in the first half today.

"If I get to the summer and I feel I have to change more until I get the right formula, then that is exactly what I will do.

"At the moment we go away to the training ground and we look at what has happened today and we try to persuade Sone (Aluko) and Chris Maguire and all of them that they have got to do better."



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St Mirren 2-1 Aberdeen
30 Oct 10 |  Scottish Premier


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