Aberdeen’s goalscoring drought was ended by Curtis Main 15 minutes in. The Dons striker was put through on goal and he calmly lobbed Luke Southwood to give Derek McInnes’ side a needed confidence boost.
The Red Army doubled their lead eight minutes later after some slack defending freed Niall McGinn, who made no mistake with an easy finish. It got worse for Accies as experienced defender Brian Easton was substituted with a nasty looking shoulder injury.
The away side were well in control after a disastrous opening for their hosts. There wasn’t much goalmouth action outside of Aberdeen’s two goals but those moments had given them complete control.
Before half time though Aberdeen ended it. Conor McLennan’s header sealed a pretty miserable first half for Brian Rice’s men. The second half was all about putting a brave face on for Hamilton whilst the Dons looked for more goals.
Marios Ogkmpoe got a consolation for Hamilton but it’ll do little to ease the pain of this defeat. They remain 11th whilst Aberdeen move back into third on goal difference. Here are three things we learned.
Wait ages for a goal and three come along at once
Aberdeen made three changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Kilmarnock at the weekend. More firepower was needed in attack to prevent the Dons going six games without a goal, the longest run in their history.
Inside 23 minutes though and Aberdeen had two shots in the net. Main’s was well taken and McGinn displayed a clinical touch to dispatch of his effort. It put McInnes’ men on the front foot from early on. McLennan’s header was just icing on the cake.
A brilliant first half laid the foundations for a vital win and slightly eases some rising pressure on the Red Army boss.
3-5-2 works wonders for Aberdeen
McInnes changed the system in South Lanarkshire. Two forwards were deployed as he went for a back three of Scott McKenna, Mikey Devlin and Andy Considine. It was a change from the usual 4-2-3-1 with Sam Cosgrove up top on his lonesome.
It worked superbly. Defensively they were pretty sound, midfield runners put in the work, McLennan and Matty Kennedy provided width in the wing-back roles whilst Main and McGinn linked well.
Considine also channelled his inner Roberto Carlos with two brilliant assists.
Saturday is paramount for Accies
This is one Hamilton will want to forget in a hurry. Their first half allowed Aberdeen to run over the top of them and it was borderline impossible to get back into things following this.
Now they must move to Saturday’s encounter, a huge match with bottom club Hearts. They had the chance to cut the Jambos adrift by four points against Aberdeen, now they have to avoid defeat in Gorgie to keep off 12th spot.
Saturday’s Tynecastle clash could be huge in the relegation race.