Four goals in 17 first-half minutes helped Aberdeen go third in the Scottish Premiership as they held off a spirited Hamilton Academical comeback.
Ryan Edmondson’s first senior goals followed Tommie Hoban’s headed opener and Lewis Ferguson’s stunning strike.
David Moyo replied for bottom side Accies just before half-time.
Ross Callachan converted a spot-kick after Andy Considine had been penalised for handball, but Hamilton could not avoid an eighth league loss out of 11.
Accies remain below St Mirren on goal difference and a point off Motherwell.
Missing six players and having conceded five goals in Saturday’s loss to St Johnstone, Hamilton were settling into the game just at the point they lost a soft opener.
Ryan Hedges’ corner from the right found the unchallenged run of Hoban and the defender only had to make contact to beat Ryan Fulton.
That got the hosts in the mood and Edmondson squared for Hedges, who dummied to Ferguson and the midfielder unleashed a shot from 30 yards that flew into the left-hand corner.
Hamilton’s woes deepened when Marley Watkins and Jonny Hayes combined to tee up Edmondson to tuck home and the 19-year-old soon doubled his tally.
Scott Wright charged down Hakeem Odoffin’s tame clearance and Edmondson collected the loose ball before bustling his way through the defence to finish.
But Hamilton were able to stem the tide and it was Aberdeen’s turn to get caught napping when Callachan crossed for Moyo to sneak in behind Ash Taylor and beat Joe Lewis.
Considine had made an important intervention to clear Callachan’s dangerous low ball just before the break, but the defender’s night turned sour when his elbow connected with Lee Hodson’s cross and Nick Walsh pointed to the spot. Lewis got a hand to Callachan’s penalty but could not keep it out.
It mattered little in terms of the result but Accies’ attacking prowess showed they can trouble the league’s top sides and emphasised their need to tighten up defensively.
Man of the match – Ryan Edmondson
What did we learn?
Aberdeen got the frustration of Saturday’s goalless draw with Dundee United well and truly out of their system during their goal-laden opening.
Having such a commanding lead halved and a first-half groin injury to Hayes were the only down sides for manager Derek McInnes.
Hamilton’s problems continue to mount. The sight of captain Brian Easton among the substitutes suggested he may be back soon, but head coach Brian Rice told BBC Scotland pre-match the defender is “miles away” from a return.
Playmaker David Templeton faces a lengthy spell out after being injured against Saints and Accies cannot get the likes of Lewis Smith back quickly enough as they bid to turn their form around.
What did they say?
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: “Very pleased, first-half performance in particular was terrific. It was a good array of goals. We got a penalty box goal, a set play goal, a shot from distance – everything that wasn’t there on Saturday.
“We got a set play goal, which pleased me because we’ve not had enough of them this season. Edmondson getting two goals, for a young boy leading the line, I thought he was terrific and Ferguson – what a goal.”
Hamilton head coach Brian Rice: “For 20 minutes, we went through a crazy spell, found ourselves completely out the game and then, it’s hard to explain, we come right into it, get ourselves two goals and second half we pushed them all the way.
“That was two completely different teams out there for me. A couple of the Aberdeen goals, we could’ve done better. Second half was probably the best we’ve played this season. But it’s after the horse has bolted.”
Hamilton are away to second bottom St Mirren on Saturday and Aberdeen host a Celtic side currently three points ahead of them on Sunday.
Player of the match
with an average of 8.44
Squad number32Player nameEdmondson
Squad number19Player nameFerguson
Squad number3Player nameHoban
Squad number4Player nameConsidine
Squad number50Player nameWatkins
Squad number11Player nameHedges
Squad number25Player nameWright
Squad number18Player nameMcLennan
Squad number1Player nameLewis
Squad number17Player nameHayes
Squad number15Player nameMcGeouch
Squad number40Player nameMcCrorie
Squad number14Player nameTaylor
Squad number10Player nameMcGinn
Squad number8Player nameOjo
Squad number34Player nameCallachan
Squad number2Player nameOdoffin
Squad number20Player nameMoyo
Squad number4Player nameStirling
Squad number27Player nameHodson
Squad number23Player nameFulton
Squad number8Player nameMartin
Squad number15Player nameHughes
Squad number7Player nameCollar
Squad number12Player nameWant
Squad number3Player nameMcMann
Squad number14Player nameTrafford
Squad number9Player nameOgkmpoe
Squad number32Player nameSmith
Squad number18Player nameMimnaugh
- 15McGeouchSubstituted forOjoat 57′minutes
- 17HayesSubstituted forMcLennanat 33′minutesBooked at 86mins
- 25WrightSubstituted forMcGinnat 87′minutes
- 32EdmondsonSubstituted forMcCrorieat 56′minutes
- 2OdoffinBooked at 90mins
- 34CallachanSubstituted forStirlingat 80′minutes
- 8MartinSubstituted forTraffordat 57′minutes
- 7CollarSubstituted forMimnaughat 63′minutes
- 15HughesSubstituted forSmithat 80′minutes
Match ends, Aberdeen 4, Hamilton Academical 2.
Second Half ends, Aberdeen 4, Hamilton Academical 2.
Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Callum Smith.
Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Shaun Want.
Attempt blocked. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor McLennan with a cross.
Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical).
Foul by Tommie Hoban (Aberdeen).
Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn replaces Scott Wright.
Offside, Hamilton Academical. Shaun Want tries a through ball, but Charlie Trafford is caught offside.
Foul by Marley Watkins (Aberdeen).
Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Connor McLennan (Aberdeen).
Ben Stirling (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Tommie Hoban (Aberdeen) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Connor McLennan with a cross.
Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Shaun Want.
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