Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes fired a warning to Hearts ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Jambos at Pittodrie, insisting there is a lot more to come from his side after last night’s 4-0 victory over Partick Thistle took them back to second place in the Scottish Premiership.
McInnes’ side left the Jags reeling, with Niall McGinn’s double book-ending Calvin Zola’s close-range finish and on-loan Reading defender Michael Hector’s 25-yard wonder goal. The Dons boss said: “I think the fans are encouraged by the team. They see a commitment and an energy from the team.
“I think there’s more to come, which is pleasing as a manager, and it’s just trying to get that improvement from the players every time they play.
“The good thing about them is they’ve got a real appetite for it.”
Another pleasing factor for the Aberdeen boss is that goals are coming from different areas of the park, a marked difference from last season when the Dons relied heavily on McGinn for goals.
McInnes added: “I spoke to Niall before we played Hibs. I think there’s a feeling he’s got to be scoring goals to be playing well, but his performances against Hibs and Motherwell were outstanding.
“I was delighted that he scored twice last night, particularly the second goal, which was different class, from a good move.
“I think that we carry a lot more of a threat at set-plays now, and there’s more and more chipping in from open play.”
Evidently disappointed at the manner of defeat, Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald is looking for his side to learn lessons from the match, but accepts that his players are still developing.
“We’ll be back in tomorrow and go again,” he said. “We had to pick them up after losing 3-0 the first time we played Aberdeen this season, and we’ll do the same again.
“We’ve a young side, and they’re learning all the time. As long as they from the mistakes they made tonight, we have a chance of kicking on again.”
Thistle’s adventurous style of play has won them many admirers since they stepped up to the Premiership, and Archibald rejects the notion that they might have to focus more on defending.
He continued “We want to play football the right way, get the ball down and pass it. I think it’s down to making the right decisions in the right areas at times as well, rather than being defensive.
“In the first half tonight we played with one striker and in the second we had a wee go in putting two up, and thought we’d have a chance if we could get a goal, but after our best play, Aberdeen scored.”