Stevie May hopes a crisis meeting has rectified Aberdeen’s goalscoring woes after it inspired the 3-2 win over Livingston.
Prior to kick-off on Tuesday night, no Dons striker had got more than two goals with Gary Mackay-Steven leading their goalscoring charts with six.
But Sam Cosgrove got his third of the campaign and Niall McGinn his second as Aberdeen profited on a renewed emphasis of getting crosses into the box.
Lewis Ferguson emerged as the late hero for Dons, while May did just about everything but score against the Lions and hopes both he and the players can reap the rewards of the behind-closed-doors meeting of the minds.
May said: “We had a meeting, not just the strikers but all the attacking players.
“It was about crossing and making the right runs. The manager was pleased with us on Tuesday night. Against St Johnstone (when Aberdeen lost 2-0) we hardly had chances at all but on Tuesday we could have had five or six. We had a couple of goals off crosses too.
“It was about getting bodies in the box and timing of the runs in attacking areas, which definitely paid off with the first two goals. You work as hard as you can to get as many chances as you can.
“There’s no point over-analysing it – you’ve got to try do what you can in every game and that’s what we’re trying to do as strikers.
“It’s always nice to have trust from the manager and I try to do everything I can when I’m out there. There’s people on the bench that are not getting as many chances and you do appreciate that when you’re not playing.
“I definitely think it’s coming. Sam Cosgrove is in the same boat – he’s got his goal on Tuesday night.
“Tuesday was the first game since we had the meeting and it’s been really positive. We got three goals and could have had three or four more. If we can keep solid at the back like we have been and add more goals at the top end, we’re in good stead.”
May also reserved words of praise for teenager Connor McLennan, who came off the bench to set up Cosgrove’s equaliser and gave the Dons a much-needed spark in the second half against Livingston.
He added: “He’s top class. He puts fear in defenders and can go both ways past defenders.
“The sky is the limit for him. He was probably our best player when he came on in the final.
“Every game he’s played he’s done well and he’s a big boy for the age he is. He looks like he’s played a hundred games.”