Aberdeen’s performance against St Mirren was good on a number of points.
It was a comprehensive win – 4-1 – with a Dons starting line-up and bench featuring a few less than familiar faces.
There were also first competitive Reds goals for the three scorers, with Sam Cosgrove’s double epitomising the old saying about buses – you wait ages for one and then two come along together.
It was a really positive, goal-filled afternoon and a vital three points in the Premiership when attacking players James Wilson, Stevie May, Scott Wright, Frank Ross and Niall McGinn all missed out with injuries.
You wouldn’t have thought Derek McInnes’ team have been finding goals hard to come by this term.
It’s been their biggest problem, but for them to be spread through the team against the Buddies will be a real tonic.
Striker Cosgrove’s two goals, his only Dons strikes since signing in January, apart from a header in a summer friendly against West Bromwich Albion, will give him an awful lot of confidence going forward.
Overall, he did well on Saturday.
That’s not saying the big ex-Carlisle man’s performances haven’t been good up until now.
He’s been an “out-ball” in games and caused defenders problems, without ever really looking like scoring.
On odd occasions, his touch has been heavy, but he links play well.
However, on Saturday he looked to have developed an instinct inside the penalty box of the positions to get in which would give him a better chance of finding the net.
His second was a real centre-forward’s goal, where he put himself in a position for left-back Max Lowe to find him with a cross. He was in the right place to get the ball and from there his technique allowed him to finish.
I thought the first goal was exceptional. It was an awkward distant for Cosgrove to steer a diving header in from.
He’ll have convinced the manager he’s capable of scoring regularly.
Connor McLennan, making his first start for the first team at 19 years old – and a first appearance for a couple of years – certainly impressed with his goal.
He’ll now be another youngster in and around the Reds’ starting 11, alongside the likes of Bruce Anderson, Scott Wright, Frank Ross and Dean Campbell, looking to make as many appearances as possible this season.
The Dons’ whole development programme is designed to produce moments like these where the players can make an impact in the Premiership as McLennan did.
McLennan’s footwork and directness with the ball will have delighted the club’s hierarchy and fans alike.
His goal was quite superb. In fact, over his career he’ll do well to top it.
He was in a real difficult position to get the power and angle towards the back post he did, but it was perfectly placed.
When they hit the stanchion, they’re unstoppable.