Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has hailed predator Adam Rooney after the Dons attacker grabbed his second hat-trick of the season in Tuesday’s League Cup win against Livingston.
The Dons forward took his tally for the campaign to 10 with his treble at Pittodrie and McInnes is pleased to see the forward, who scored six goals in the Europa League campaign in July, back among the goals.
He said: “His goals were very confidently taken and he is obviously very pleased with his hat-trick as we all are. He has come back into the team on Saturday and got his goal and there are very few better than Adam in and around the penalty box, he is a real predator and he showed real quality with his finishes.
“There was a lot of other good performances, in the first half they were mostly defensively as Ash Taylor and Mark Reynolds were excellent throughout. In the second half we got far more good performances which was required to get the job done.”
The victory was the third home win in a row for the Dons and with two further home games to come in the next week McInnes is hoping to see the trend continue.
He said: “The last three home games have been 2-0, 3-0 and 4-0 – we have been scoring goals and equally as pleasing is the clean sheet again. Scott Brown came in for his debut and made a couple of good saves early on and although he wasn’t so busy in the second half it is good for him to get his clean sheet and feel part of the squad.
“Clean sheets were a bedrock of a lot of our good work last season and if we are going to have a successful campaign we will need to have something similar.”