Aberdeen managed to grind out a confidence boost away to Hamilton, edging the South Lanarkshire side 1-0 on their travels.

It was the away side who grabbed the lead and eventual winner through Hamilton academy product Lewis Ferguson. A scrappy affair, not much could separate the sides over the remaining minutes.

Ferguson scored the decisive Aberdeen goal against Hamilton. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Overall the Red Army did enough to grind out a big three points which lifts them up to fourth whilst Brian Rice’s side sit a point from bottom.

Here are three things we learned.

A proper Aberdeen midfield

Aberdeen reverted back to fielding midfielders in the engine room against Accies with Craig Bryson and Ferguson. They replaced Greg Leigh and Jon Gallagher, with defender Zak Vyner keeping his place in front of the back four.

Leigh returned to defence. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

That decision was vindicated after 13 minutes after Lewis Ferguson put the Dons in front. Bryson commanded the central area well until he was replaced at half time by Dean Campbell.

The youngster also held himself well for the time he was on whilst Vyner protected the back four well in CDM. These switches benefitted Leigh too, who was brilliant in his natural left-back position.

Cosgrove is more than just goals

This game was the first time Aberdeen have won a game without Sam Cosgrove scoring this season. Whilst he didn’t hit the net, the 15-goal striker was still effective in the final third.

Cosgrove didn’t score but was still effective. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

His holding of the ball was good and he linked play to the flanks with nice touches and passes.

Whilst he will always be known for his ability to be at the right place at the right time, Cosgrove is improving his all-round game too.

Hamilton impresses at centre-half

In what was just his second start of the season, at the age of 17, young Jamie Hamilton really impressed in the centre of the Accies defence.

Hamilton performed admirably for Accies. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Whilst physically he couldn’t compete with Cosgrove all the time when it was his turn to deal with him, the teenager certainly held his own by using great awareness and positional sense.

Hamilton was pretty tidy on the ball, even managing to complete a last ditch clearance from a spectacular Ferguson effort.

An extremely promising talent, 17-year-old Hamilton was one of Accies’ better players against one of the SPFL’s deadliest strikers.

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