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Jim Goodwin understands criticism of Aberdeen’s tactics in Celtic defeat


Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin admits he understands the criticism he has received for his cautious tactics against Celtic given the game's final outcome.

Goodwin's side only had two shots at goal - both of them off target - and 20 per cent of possession in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by the Scottish Premiership leaders at Pittodrie.

Former Dons captain and manager Willie Miller branded the "retreating" tactics unacceptable and called for chairman Dave Cormack to let Goodwin know that fans expect a more ambitious approach.

Goodwin had been stung by a 4-1 defeat at Ibrox earlier in the season after vowing to attack an out-of-form Rangers side, and he decided to go the opposite way against the champions.

    However, Callum McGregor's 87th-minute winner meant there was little time for Goodwin to alter his tactics and he was braced for flak.

    "It's not the most fun to watch," he said. "From a fans' perspective, I understand their frustration at the end of the game. I get that. But we thought that was the best way to go.

    Unfortunately now, in hindsight, when you are sitting here with nothing to show for it, it's hard to make an argument for it.

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