Aberdeen 2-0 Dundee: Josh Parker debut pleases Dons boss

Josh Parker (right) came off the bench for Aberdeen against Dundee
Josh Parker (right) came off the bench for Aberdeen against Dundee

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes said he cannot wait to unleash new signing Josh Parker on Scottish defences after he made his debut in a 2-0 win over Dundee.

Parker, who has signed on loan until January from Red Star Belgrade, made a cameo appearance as the Dons continued their 100% start to the season.

"He was itching to get on and we were itching to get him on," he said.

"I've got a feeling he's going to do extremely well for us."

Aberdeen dominated the majority of the clash at Pittodrie but struggled to find a breakthrough until Adam Rooney headed past Scott Bain shortly after the hour mark.

Adam Rooney scores for Aberdeen against Dundee
Rooney (second from left) headed the Dons ahead in the 66th minute

The Dons striker added a second in stoppage time from the penalty spot, which followed a red card for Dundee's Gary Harkins.

"It was important we didn't let the frustration and the need for that goal overtake what we wanted to do," McInnes told BBC Scotland.

"There was so much to like about us in the first half, total dominance against a good side. We had to try and work round their shape, they've gone with a back five, and we tried to keep asking questions.

"There was a real appetite to not let them enjoy the game. It's that sort of determination, confidence and belief that helped us win the game."

The win was Aberdeen's fourth consecutive win, the first time they had started a season in that fashion since 1991.

"Last season it took us a while to find any sort of consistency, it's important to get into your stride as quickly as possible," said McInnes. "Everybody's playing their part."

Dundee's Gary Harkins was sent off late on for fouling Adam Rooney in the box
Harkins was sent off late on for fouling Rooney in the box

Dundee manager Paul Hartley was not too downhearted at how his injury-hit side performed in the Granite City.

He said: "I thought we were in control in the second half, we were playing some good football. The goal we lost was disappointing; we should stop the cross coming in and we don't deal with the Rooney header.

"Overall I thought the second half was good for us.

"We came here with a game plan, we changed the shape of the team, we frustrated Aberdeen - they didn't' really cut us open. When you come here you know you're up against a very good Aberdeen team but we grew into the game in the second half."

Hartley said he will also look again at the penalty conceded by Harkins.

"Gary said he doesn't touch him," Hartley explained. "He says there's not a lot of contact if there's any contact, so we've got to have another look at that and see if we can appeal that."

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