Derek McInnes says a weight has been lifted off his side’s shoulders as Aberdeen beat Hamilton 3-1 in South Lanarkshire.

After going five games without a goal, they blew Accies away with three in the first half. Curtis Main, Niall McGinn and Conor McLennan efforts put the Dons in cruise control before half time.

On easy street inside 45. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

They coasted over the finish line after that, with the only real blip a Marios Ogkmpoe consolation for Hamilton. It did nothing to affect the final outcome though, a comfortable Aberdeen win.

McInnes’ men move back into third with this win, albeit on goal difference. The Red Army boss has praised his players after they bounced back from adversity in South Lanarkshire.

“This is always a tough place to come for teams,” said McInnes. “I think what we did do was take full advantage of the spaces made available to us. Hamilton came out and had a go against us.

Left smiling. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We managed to exploit some of the space that was afforded to us. Main gets us up and running and I think from then you seen the confidence in the final third. I thought we got the benefit of Niall playing central.

“It almost felt like a weight had been lifted when Curtis put that finish in. But the tenacity and workrate of the team has always been there. It’s just been that final third output that’s been falling short.

“Tonight it was far more like it, three goals and it could have been more. I would have taken any sort of win tonight because it’s always a tough one coming here but to get three goals and an assured performance in difficult conditions pleased me.”

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