Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes reserved praise for three Dons players following the victory over Hibs at Pittodrie on Saturday.

The club were able to reduce the gap between themselves and Motherwell back down to a solitary point with the 3-1 win, with Stephen Robinson’s side only managing a 1-1 draw against Hearts at Tynecastle.

Aberdeen have closed the gap on Motherwell (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

After going a goal down, Aberdeen were able to turn things around with a little help from a Steven Whittaker red card.

An own goal from Adam Jackson, and efforts from Andy Considine and Curtis Main assured the three points for the hosts.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

After the game, McInnes spoke of his delight over the performance and singled out the team’s midfield for special praise.

McInnes was delighted with his midfield (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

He said (official website): “I am running out of things to say about [Lewis] Ferguson. He is just so young. He can do everything.

“I thought Dylan [McGeouch] and [Funso] Ojo were up in the game and playing the game in the manner in which it was needed to be played in. They were knitting it together with their passing and playing with intelligence. I thought our midfield was very good today.

“We have really struggled with midfield options in the first half of the season through injuries. What you see today is the game needed good midfielders against their midfielders and I thought we came out on top in there today.”

Aberdeen back in business

Given Aberdeen’s poor form at home since the winter break, the victory over a wounded Hibs is a real positive.

Ferguson earned particular praise from his manager (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

The Hibees will have no doubt wanted to right the wrongs of last week against Hearts, and will have felt confident of doing that after taking the lead at Pittodrie.

McInnes’ men showed real character to turn the game around, although Whittaker’s red card helped matters, and Motherwell will now be looking right over their shoulder again.

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