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Highlights: Motherwell 0-3 Aberdeen

Yesterday, 06:41 PM

Motherwell miss an early penalty then pay the price as Aberdeen post a comprehensive win at Fir Park. (UK only)

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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes says Sam Cosgrove 'up there with anybody'

19 October 2019 - 06:01 PM

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has praised goalscorer Sam Cosgrove for scoring his fifteenth goal of the season, stating that he's as good as any striker in the country.

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Dons win handsomely against Motherwell

19 October 2019 - 03:50 PM

Aberdeen cut the gap between themselves and Motherwell to a point with an impressive 3-0 win at Fir Park.

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Dons sweep Well aside at Fir Park

19 October 2019 - 03:50 PM

Aberdeen romped to a stunning 3-0 win against Motherwell at Fir Park to close the gap on third-placed Well to a point in the Scottish Premiership.

Sam Cosgrove, Niall McGinn and Zak Vyner got the goals as the Dons ran out comfortable winners against Stephen Robinson’s side.

Dons boss Derek McInnes made five changes from the side which drew 1-1 with Hibernian before the international break.

Mikey Devlin, Niall McGinn, Jon Gallagher, James Wilson and Zak Vyner were the players called into the team with Lewis Ferguson and Curtis Main missing due to suspension while Ethan Ross dropped out and Dean Campbell and Ryan Hedges were named on the bench.

Stephen Gleeson was also named on the subs bench for the first time this season following a knee injury along with Craig Bryson.

Aberdeen made the worst possible start by gifting Well an early penalty after Shay Logan failed to get enough power on his pass back to goalkeeper Joe Lewis  and Christopher Long beat the Dons captain to the ball and was sent sprawling by the outstretched foot of the skipper.

Lewis redeemed himself however with a superb one handed save to turn James Scott’s spot kick over the crossbar.

Having survived their early scare the Dons promptly opened the scoring when Greg Leigh, playing in midfield, played a superb ball through to Sam Cosgrove and the striker beat Mark Gillespie with a fine lob.

It remained 1-0 to the Dons at the interval but they wasted little time in doubling their lead at the start of the second half when Niall McGinn dispossessed Allan Campbell before beating Gillespie with a fine curling finish from the edge of the box.

By the hour mark it was 3-0 as Zak Vyner got in on the act, turning his marker from 25 yards before firing a low shot which fizzled past Gillespie.


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McGinn is looking for a pizza the action as a Dons coach

19 October 2019 - 12:03 PM

Niall McGinn is making plans for life after football by investing in a new pizza restaurant in Belfast – but what he really covets is a slice of the coaching action at Pittodrie.

The Northern Ireland international winger this week announced a new venture, Pizza On The Square, will open in Belfast city-centre next month, almost 10 years after he and his agent Gerry Carlile opened their first restaurant together.

McGinn, 32, is excited by the new investment, the third restaurant venture between the duo, but he has no designs on quitting the game when the time comes to stop playing. If anything, he hopes to continue in football as a coach and would welcome the chance to take on new responsibilities at Pittodrie.

He said: “It’s just another wee adventure outside of football with my agent, as we already have one going strong in West Belfast and this new one is in the city centre.

“Hopefully it takes off and does well but I started my coaching badges last summer so I’m just looking to finish off my B licence then move on to the A one.

“You do start looking at what you can do when you stop playing but it’s my ambition to stay in the game when that time comes.

“If I can get my badges while playing for a club like Aberdeen then hopefully that can maybe open a few doors for me when my contract ends here.”

McGinn has worked with several managers during his career and he believes he has learned much in his career from the coaches he has served under.

He said: “Looking at my character, I would probably be more of a level-headed guy that would suit management more than coaching I would say.

“I’ve been lucky to work under some really good ones that I’ve learned from, like Michael O’Neill, Derek McInnes and Neil Lennon, as well as a short time under Tony Mowbray.

“Obviously there have been different characters, as you get the fiery ones like Lenny and the calmer ones like Derek and Michael, who has done well at international level.

“If I can take the best attributes of all of them and put it all together then I wouldn’t be too bad as a manager.

“I’d be more chilled and laid-back but do the shouting at the right times rather than being feisty.”

For now coaching, and pizza, for that matter, can wait, however. Playing duties remain the number one priority and McGinn hopes he can lend his experience to Aberdeen as they struggle through a crippling midfield crisis.

Lewis Ferguson misses today’s trip to Motherwell due to suspension while Funso Ojo and Stephen Gleeson are injured and Craig Bryson is unlikely to feature.

McGinn said: “We are down to the bare bones in certain positions right now.

“We obviously haven’t been brilliant in the league so far this season but we know in this league, with the sort of run of games ahead, that we can win more than we lose.

“What we need is to build up a bit of momentum by getting back to winning ways.”


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