28 Jan McGinn steals the show
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes praised Niall McGinn’s impressive contribution after the Dons swept aside Dundee to reclaim second spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
McGinn scored twice in an eye-catching display as McInnes’ men jumped back above Rangers.
The Northern Irishman scored a spectacular volley just before half time, after Ryan Jack’s opener, before heading in the Dons’ third in the closing stages of a one-sided match.
Talking about McGinn’s first goal, McInnes said: “His first touch to set it up and then to pluck it out of the air so quickly when he had no time to let the ball drop and connect with it so cleanly was a fantastic piece of skill.
“Niall has scored brilliant goals for us over the years but that one was right up there with the best.
“He produced that real moment of quality and in terms of the game, it took us a while to get going and get into our stride but once we got in front, I never felt we would do anything other than win the game.
“There were some good performers tonight and it continues our strong run, that is five wins out of five in all competitions.”
McGinn, who also netted twice in last weekend’s Scottish Cup win over Stranraer, appears to be reaping the benefits of an extended winter break, having been excused the Dons’ recent training trip to Dubai to recuperate.
McInnes added: “I gave him extra time off and he has come back with four goals so there will be a few more players wanting extra time off if they can play as well as that.
“He has got that sharpness and spark back into his game and if that is a taster for the rest of the season, I think Niall is going to be an influential player for us.”
The Pittodrie result keeps Dundee eighth in the table and comes off the back of their shock Scottish Cup defeat to Championship strugglers St Mirren at Dens Park.
Dees boss Paul Hartley said: “I actually thought we started okay but we knew what their threats were.
“All week we have worked on trying to stop crosses coming in but we could not manage to do that tonight. We just cannot defend like that.
“The first goal was always going to be crucial and our keeper kept us in it after that but defensively, we have got to be better.
“It is basic stuff, we need to pick people up when they come into the box and do your jobs properly. It’s pretty simple.”