Dons defender Andrew Considine today expressed joy at claiming his first hat-trick in their astonishing 7-0 victory over Dundee.
Considine, who turns 30 today, grabbed his treble as the Dons blew the Dark Blues away at Dens Park in the Scottish Premiership.
Adam Rooney also claimed his 100th goal in Scottish League football on what Dons boss Derek McInnes described as a “special night” for them and their fans.
It was certainly special for Considine, who scored two in the first half before claiming Aberdeen’s seventh late in the second period.
The big defender said: “It was absolutely incredible. I’ve scored twice in a couple of games but never scored a hat-trick, so I’m delighted.
“We never let up either and kept a clean sheet, which was great.”
Dons manager McInnes joked that he never thought he would live to see the day when Considine scored a hat-trick, and moaned the big defender should have actually scored four!
But he felt the hat-trick was a welcome reward for the form the Aberdonian has shown throughout the season so far.
McInnes said: “It just felt like a special night.
“You know you’ve had a good one when Andy get a hat-trick.
“I never thought I would live to see that.
“To be fair, he should have had four.
“Andy should have scored with a header before his first one.
“But he is always a threat at set-pieces and the deliveries were good, especially Ryan Christie’s ball for the lasts one.
“It was a perfect night for Andy and us.
“The crowd were also shouting for him to get a hat-trick and he got it.
“We are all delighted for Andy, he deserves it for the excellent form he has shown all season.”
McInnes expressed some sympathy for Dundee, for whom this was their heaviest home defeat since Celtic won 8-1 way back in 1971.
He said: “You had to feel sorry for them once we really got on top of them.
“But from our point of view it was good to see the players let up and score all sorts of goals.”
The Dons also beat Motherwell 7-2 at Pittodrie earlier in the season. McInnes admitted he hadn’t anticipated seeing them score seven at Dens, too.
“We came here hoping to carry on where we left off but we didn’t expect that,” he said.
“To score as many as we did against Motherwell is great.
There were moments of brilliant play against Motherwell, too but we were also a wee bit sloppy and let them score a couple of goals.
“We said at half-time that we wanted to avoid that.
“The second half didn’t need to be as eventful as the first.
“What we hoped for is to see it played out in the same way.
“It’s very encouraging it was.
“I know there was talk about us being under pressure ahead of this game but I didn’t see that. I saw a confident team out there eager to do well for the club and our fans.”
The win sent the Dons 11 points clear of Rangers in the league table.
They also have a massive 27-goal difference advantage.
But McInnes won’t entertain talk of them already having second spot in the bag.
“All we have done is gather another three points,” he said.
“The task now is to do the same when we play Inverness on Tuesday.”