DELIGHTED Derek McInnes hailed matchwinner Lewis Ferguson following his late goal in the 3-2 victory over Livingston at Pittodrie last night.
Niall McGinn had given the home side the lead, but goals from Scott Pittman and Jack McMillan had the visitors in front before Sam Cosgrove levelled.
Ferguson, bought from Hamilton Accies in the summer, then produced the points-clincher to push McInnes’ men into the top six.
The Dons boss said: “Just when you think it might not happen, Fergie came up with another brilliant goal.
“He is a boy who seems is capable of these big moments and I felt it was well deserved. Big players produce big moments and we’d like to see a more regular return from him.
“The lad has settled really well, he battled manfully in midfield and it’s great to see the players get their just rewards.
DELIGHTED…Dons boss Derek McInnes celebrates victory. Pic: Geo.
“I need to praise my own team’s fitness and spirit. We ran them from side-to-side and passed the ball well.
“We got our just rewards in the end, and young Connor McLennan had a big part to play in that, holding the width and getting crosses in.
“It was tough on Livingston, who put a lot into the game, but I felt the better team won.”
Ferguson is making a habit of netting crucial late goals for his club and was on target with a header to give the Dons a 1-0 Betfred League Cup semi-final triumph over Rangers at Hampden last month.
He also claimed a memorable overhead-kick stunner in the Europa League qualifier against Burnley at Turf Moor earlier in the season.
Scotland international gaffer Alex McLeish has been keeping tabs on the 19-year-old midfielder whose career has taken off at Pittodrie.