Motherwell mauling pleases Dons hat-trick hero Adam Rooney

Adam Rooney scoring his penalty against Well. (Picture by Darrell Benns.)

Dons striker Adam Rooney says he’s delighted to have helped put Motherwell to the sword once again.

Irishman Rooney netted a hat-trick as Aberdeen beat the Steelmen 7-2 at Pittodrie in the Scottish Premiership.

It brought his tally against the Lanarkshire side to 12.

Rooney has now scored more goals against them than any other team in the top flight.

“It wasn’t a classic hat-trick by any means but I was delighted to get it,” said Rooney.

“For the first one Jonny (Hayes) has tried to hook it across and the ball has come back to him.

“I tried my best to miss it but was happy to see the ball roll in.

“I then got the penalty and a tap-in for my hat-trick.

“I’m not quite sure how the last one went in. The ball came across and missed everyone and thankfully it hit my foot and went in.

“I won’t complain.”

Rooney is also pleased the Dons kept going at Motherwell and took their chances, despite going in at the interval 4-0 up. He said: “It was brilliant we did that.

“The two we conceded aside, it was an excellent performance and we could have scored more. Even big Ash (Taylor) nearly put one in, which showed how much on top we were.

“We’ve threatened to do that a couple of times this season, where we’ve put in strong performances and we’ve maybe not taken all the chances we could have.

“Unfortunately for them, they were on the wrong end of it this time.”

The victory saw the Dons open up a three-point gap between themselves and Rangers in the race to finish second to Celtic in the league.

But Rooney has warned his team-mates they still have a lot of work ahead.

He said: “We have now got a lead in second spot but there is still a long way to go and a lot of points still up for grabs.

“We are playing at a high level but we have to make sure we don’t drop that now. We have to go down to Kilmarnock on Sunday and put in the same work-rate.”