Ross County stunned Aberdeen with a huge performance in Dingwall, beating the Dons 4-1 to move out the relegation zone.
Oli Shaw was at the double for the Staggies alongside strikes from Charlie Lakin and Jermaine Hylton, cancelling out a solitary away goal as John Hughes secured another impressive victory as County boss.
Aberdeen switched off early and Ross County dramatically took advantage within the first 30 seconds of the game. Iain Vigurs skipped round his man and played a lovely pass to Hylton. His effort was blocked but it fell to Shaw who hammered home with a fine finish to put the home team 1-0 up.
It was all coming together for Ross County as Harry Paton played a lovely whipped cross right into the path of Lakin, who had an unmarked attempt at the back post. He casually slotted home to grab his second goal in as many games.
It could have been three for County when Regan Charles-Cook used his blistering pace to spin away from Ash Taylor. He played a fizzed ball in but it just averted the path of the arriving Lakin. Minutes later Curtis Main had a chance destined for glory when he smashed a volley from within the six yard box, but Ross Laidlaw pulled out a world class save to deny the powerhouse number nine.
Aberdeen pulled back a crucial goal before half-time when Jonny Hayes swung in a corner, Tommie Hoban rose highest, his header bouncing off Alex Iacovitti and going beyond a stranded Laidlaw. Aberdeen had found some hope heading into the break. They were the team applying the pressure early in the second half.
The Dons had a flurry of chances but the county defence stood tall and remained resolute. Shaw could have made it 3-1 when he struck a first time shot after a dinked ball over from Paton. Shaw had Lewis beat but the ball whizzed just over the bar.
Hylton then latched onto a clearance and took on Ross McCrorie. He bamboozled him and won a corner when his cutback was deflected out.Vigurs swung it in deep for Ross Draper who headed it back in.
It fell to Shaw, who smashed the ball home, making it 3-1 to the home side whilst grabbing his second of the match. A misery compiler was soon found by the flying Staggies when Hylton found himself with the easiest goal he will ever score, Lewis flying out and Hylton managed to find his feet and slot it home from the edge of the box. Here are three things we learned on a great day for County.
Slow Dons start
The first twenty minutes of the match were incredibly sloppy from an Aberdeen point of view. Finding themselves 2-0 down to County who sat bottom was extremely out of character for Derek McInnes’ side. A win here could have moved them further clear of Hibs but Ross County outplayed them and deserved the three points.
Get on your shooting boots
It’s been well documented that County haven’t scored enough goals this season, but they have turned that right around since Hughes has come in the door. Four superb goals here, the Ross County forwards seem to have confidence under their new boss.
Statement of intent
Nobody expected this. Ross County have now beaten Hibs and the Dons in just three weeks. Hughes’ team have made a real statement of intent to the teams around them that they are up for the scrap. This could be a crucial three points as they sent Motherwell bottom, moving out the relegation zone.