Dons must stay in zone to remain as table-toppers

26/08/17 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP PARTICK THISTLE V ABERDEEN FIRHIL - GLASGOW Aberdeen's Adam Rooney (right) celebrates his winning goal with Nicky Maynard

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes wants no let-up from his players after the international break following their perfect start to the Scottish Premiership season.

The Dons went two points clear at the top of the table thanks to a 4-3 victory against Partick Thistle on Saturday.

Adam Rooney came off the bench to net a late winner for the Reds, who return to action after the international break on September 9 when they take on Hearts at Murrayfield.

McInnes said: “The win against Partick felt like a big result.

“When you play well but don’t win, it is scant consolation.

“Ultimately, you don’t want to be watching others win games.

“The players were rewarded for their efforts. We showed some real quality with the goals and there was also a lot of real endeavour and determination to make sure we won.

“It has been a good start. We have always been a team that is capable of going on winning runs and unbeaten runs.

“We challenged the players at the start of the season to see if we could win our first four league games and make it to the last eight of the League Cup and we have managed to do that.

“I am pleased with the start and hopefully we can pick up where we left off when we play Hearts.

“There is no better time to go on a winning run than the start of the season.

“We are capable of doing that so hopefully we can keep it going.”

The Dons manager heaped praise on Scott Wright for his blistering start to the campaign. The 20-year-old has produced a series of fine displays for the Dons and netted a superb long-range effort at Firhill on Saturday.

McInnes added: “Scott has so much to his game and taking that shot on shows how much confidence he has.

“He was afforded too much space to take on the shot but you still have to execute it.

“It was a top finish. He obviously likes playing at Firhill, having also scored a hat-trick there last season.

“He is becoming a more confident player and his all-round game is getting better with every game.

“I think he feels like a first team player now.

“He had to watch Niall McGinn and Jonny Hayes occupy those wide positions for a few years.

“There was no shame in not getting in ahead of them.

“He has just turned 20 and this is a big season for him but I feel he is ready for it.”

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