Aberdeen got back to winning ways in impressive fashion on Tuesday evening with a comfortable 3-1 win against an injury-hit Hamilton side.
The victory released a lot of pressure off the shoulders of Derek McInnes and ended his sides run of 454 minutes without scoring.
The Dons started on the front-foot and took the lead on the 15th minute through Curtis Main, who repaid the faith put in him by his manager as he started ahead of the clubs top goal scorer Sam Cosgrove.
Niall McGinn added a second eight minutes later before Connor McLennan headed home a third inside first half stoppage time.
Marios Ogkmpoe, who is on the best form of his for Hamilton career at the moment added a late consolation.
Hamilton made six changes from the defeat against Rangers.
Sam Woods, Scott Martin, Johnny Hunt, David Templeton, Blair Alston and Marios Ogkmpoe all started with Jamie Hamilton, Lewis Smith, Will Collar, Andy Dales, Andy Winter and Steve Davies dropping out.
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes made three changes from their 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock. Connor McLennan, Dylan McGeouch and Curtis Main started ahead of Shay Logan, Dean Campbell and Sam Cosgrove.
Despite Aberdeen controlling the opening exchanges of the match, it was Hamilton who were first to threaten when David Templeton latched onto Marios Ogkmpoe’s flick on, but he could only lob his effort wide of the post.
It was Aberdeen who took the lead on the 15th minute and the drought was ended. A long ball forward by Andrew Considine wasn’t dealt with by Sam Woods, which allowed Curtis Main to get in behind. He made his way into the box and showed great composure to clinically chip the ball over Luke Southwood to put the away side ahead.
You could see how much it meant Derek McInnes and his players as they started to play with more freedom.
Niall McGinn doubled the Dons lead eight minutes later through what was a well worked goal. Connor McLennan and Main worked well together from a throw-in, before Lewis Ferguson’s excellent pass found McGinn, who curled his effort beyond Southwood.
Accies suffered another injury blow as captain Brian Easton went off with what looked like a dislocated shoulder following a challenge by Main.
Aberdeen made it three-nil in the dying moments of the first half when another terrific delivery into the box from Considine found the darting run of McLennan and he guided his header into the far corner.
Hamilton made a double switch at half time with David Templeton and Sam Woods coming off while Will Collar and David Moyo came on.
Moyo and Ogkmpoe were causing much more of a threat to Scott McKenna and Michael Devlin and it was the two who linked up well as Hamilton came close to pulling one back.
A cross from Moyo was met by the head of Ogkmpoe, but his header went wide via a deflection off of Considine.
On the 64th it was nearly four. Ferguson and McGinn exchanged passes before the former Accies man’s effort was saved by Southwood from a tight angle
With six minutes left, Ogkmpoe grabbed a consolation for the hosts. Considine could only clear as far as Moyo, who picked up the pieces on the edge of the box and played Ogkmpoe in to drill home with his left foot from ten yards out.
A bitterly disappointing evening for Hamilton.
Full Time- Hamilton 1-3 Aberdeen
Southwood, McGowan, Easton (Want 30), McMann, Woods (Collar 46), Alston, Hunt, Gogic, Martin, Templeton (Moyo 46), Ogkmpoe
Subs not used: Gourlay, Davies, Winter, Smith
Lewis, Devlin, McKenna, Considine, Kennedy, Ojo, Ferguson, McGeouch (Campbell 74), McLennan (Logan 81), McGinn (Cosgrove 81), Main
Subs not used: Cerny, Anderson, Hernandez, Hedges
Referee- Greg Aitken
Attendance- 1,218 (423 Aberdeen)
Goals- Main(15), McGinn(23), McLennan(45), Ogkmpoe(84)
Yellow Cards- Considine(81)
Red Cards- N/A