Aberdeen 3-0 Hamilton: McGinn goal delights Dons boss

Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn
McGinn netted his fourth goal of the season

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was delighted to see Niall McGinn back in scoring form in the Dons' 3-0 win over Hamilton Academical.

McGinn's impressive strike added to Ash Taylor's opener and Adam Rooney rounded off the victory from the penalty spot.

"We felt second half that we could maybe show more quality and with Niall's finish, certainly that was the case," said McInnes.

"It was a top finish, it would grace any league.

"He's been a wee bit down that he's not scored as many goals. His general play's been absolutely fine and he's a big, big player for us.

"It was an important goal because it just knocked the enthusiasm out of Hamilton, which isn't easy to do - they've got a lot of spirit about them.

"From then on, we only scored one more goal but we passed up a lot of opportunities and were very comfortable in the end.

Mark Reynolds and Tony Andreu
Hamilton struggled to impose themselves at Pittodrie

"We feel we should be scoring more from our set plays. We've been doing away ok this year. It was a good delivery, middle of the goal and Ash had enough determination and aggression to get on the end of it. We were delighted with that because it separated a frantic, tight first half. It was quite scrappy.

"There was maturity from our performance and it shows to me that the players are trying to learn and then move on, that's all you can ask from them."

Hamilton assistant manager Frank McAvoy admitted the loss of two goals in quick succession after the break ended the match as a contest.

"Second half, we lose two early goals and that kills the game at 3-0," he explained. "We're disappointed, particularly the second goal was self-inflicted. Stephen [Hendrie] is a young kid, he's made a wee mistake, that'll happen - it's about learning.

"It's a great finish from Niall.

"At 2-0, there's always a chance but the penalty happens so quickly and it knocks the wind out our sails."

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