Aberdeen star Lewis Ferguson has said he was told to bring energy to the midfield against Hibs following Hearts’ success in midweek.
The Dons gained ground on Motherwell over the weekend by beating Jack Ross’ side 3-1 at Pittodrie in the Premiership, with an own goal, Andrew Considine and Curtis Main sealing the deal for the hosts.
Hibs hitman Christian Doidge had given the Hibees the lead in the first half, but Aberdeen recovered to win and get to within a point of Motherwell, who could only draw with Hearts.
The turning point for Derek McInnes’ men came when Hibs stalwart Steven Whittaker received a second yellow card on 55 minutes, with the Adam Jackson own goal coming around 10 minutes later.
Considine turned in scrappily from a corner moments later, with Main completing the comeback with around 10 minutes to go.
After the game, Lewis Ferguson explained he was instructed to bring the energy to overwhelm Hibs, just as Hearts did in midweek.
He told the club’s official website: “At half time the message was to go out and keep applying pressure.
“With the players we have got at the top end of the pitch we are going to create chances. I thought I had a decent game.
“I got told to bring a lot of energy to the game. You saw during the week in the Edinburgh derby, when Hearts brought that energy to the middle of the pitch, they overran them in there.”
The fight for third is on
Aberdeen again showed good character to come from behind, but this time they were able to take all three points unlike against Kilmarnock.
Whittaker’s red card certainly helped matters for the hosts, but the Dons had to respond and they certainly did at Pittodrie.
With Motherwell dropping points, Aberdeen are now just one point behind them in the table, with the sides to meet at Fir Park on Friday for a crunch clash.