Evening Express chief football writer Sean Wallace’s five talking points from Pittodrie after Aberdeen’s comfortable 3-0 win over Hamilton in the Premiership.
Man of the match
Scott Wright: A buzz bomb of creativity in an attacking midfield role. Unlucky not to score.
Aberdeen lined up -2-3-1 with Scott Wright in the middle of a three- man attacking midfield behind striker James Wilson.
Wingers Gary Mackay-Steven and Niall McGinn caused problems by switching sides.
Lewis Ferguson and Graeme Shinnie are forging a strong partnership as holding midfielders.
Right-back Shay Logan’s performance was not affected by the Snapchat controversy in the build-up to the game.
Footage emerged of Logan’s expletive- ridden pop at Rangers in the aftermath of the semi-final win.
Aberdeen were today set to discuss the matter with Logan. Regardless, he
produced a rock-solid shift and was denied a 35-yard goal by a save.
Andy to return
Left-back Andy Considine’s omission through injury was the only change to the starting line-up that beat Rangers 1-0 in the Betfred Cup semi-final.
Play was held up for eight minutes at Hampden for Considine to receive
treatment after a head knock before he was stretchered off.
He is set to return to action for Sunday’s trip to Kilmarnock. Max Lowe replaced him.
A minute’s silence was observed before kick-off as a mark of respect to Leicester City following the tragic helicopter crash outside the club’s King Power Stadium.
Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five dead in the accident following the team’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Both Aberdeen and Hamilton wore black armbands as a mark of respect.
Hamilton will have been left wondering “what if” as their former player Lewis Ferguson again showed his maturity and class.
Since signing for the Reds from Accies in the summer, the 19-year-old has become one of Scotland’s hottest young talents.
Aberdeen were ordered to pay around £220,000 in training compensation by a tribunal. That was a bargain.