With options in midfield thin on the ground, Derek McInnes opted to use defenders Greg Leigh and Zak Vyner in the Aberdeen engine room, which worked to great effect.

The pair performed brilliantly in the unfamiliar position, helping McInnes’ men secure a wonderful 3-0 win away to Motherwell.

Leigh and Vyner were excellent. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Goals from Sam Cosgrove, Niall McGinn and Vyner secured the win, with the Reds boss saving special praise for the defensive pair.

He told the club’s website: “That area of the pitch, one that we thought we were well enough equipped, has been an issue for us but we have worked all week with Leigh and Vyner in there and I feel that naturally Zak can play that role, I think that is where he is going to end up playing his best football in his career.

“Greg really took to it and I thought the two of them were really instrumental in the performance.

McInnes was all smiles at the final whistle. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

“Greg gets an assist; Zak gets a goal but I thought their performance was fantastic and it gave us a good platform.”

Leigh and Vyner performed admirably for Aberdeen

The two of them bossed a Motherwell midfield which has been a real strong point are this term. The influential Allan Campbell was bossed by Leigh whilst Vyner didn’t allow Liam Polworth to dictate play.

They both brought different elements to the engine room. Leigh brought pace and energy to the role, with the ability to drive his team forward when required.

Leigh has shone since moving from NAC Breda (Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Vyner on the other hand managed to screen the back four well. He even brought his shooting boots with him, blasting a shot into the corner from range to seal the win.

Both Leigh and Vyner deserve credit for their Fir Park efforts in the Aberdeen midfield.

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