Curtis Main has earned the praise of Derek McInnes following his Aberdeen contributions against Hamilton.
He scored the Dons’ first goal in league football this year as his lob got McInnes’ men off the mark in a 3-1 win over Accies. Goals from Niall McGinn and Conor McLennan sealed an easy victory.
It lifts Aberdeen back into third place on goal difference. Main has had a frustrating spell in the Granite City since his summer move from Motherwell, making just eight starts in league action.
Sam Cosgrove’s form and one up top has halted Main’s progress. McInnes dropped Cosgrove though in favour of Main against Accies and fielded McGinn alongside him, something that paid dividends for the Red Army.
Speaking after the game, McInnes has hailed the contribution of Main, whilst also comparing similarities between former Dons striker Adam Rooney and 21-goal Cosgrove.
“He is the one player out of the whole squad who has not had as many opportunities as others,” McInnes said of Main. “We have tried different areas. Wee Bruce will come, he is maybe not ready to lead the line for Aberdeen at the minute. He has had minutes and he has a part to play.
“In those wider areas we have tried different options. It was important coming into tonight that Connor and Curtis proved their worth. “For Curtis it is a reward for his professionalism, and it is also a reward for his single mindedness with the fact that he has never let his head go down, even though he has not had those opportunities.
“The reason he has not had those opportunities is simply because we have got a 21-goal striker in the building. It is difficult to leave him out especially when you are looking for goals.
“Adam Rooney used to go on similar types of runs where he wouldn’t score for five games but once he scored, he was off again. Sam had to come out of the team just to get him going and he will go again.
“It will do him no harm to get a wee break, watch from the side and then come back in even stronger. It is good that Curtis’ contribution is recognised by everybody tonight.