NI star Niall McGinn shines in Aberdeen win over Hearts

Aberdeen's Niall McGinn
Aberdeen's Niall McGinn

Derek McInnes insisted no-one should be surprised by Niall McGinn’s dazzling display against Hearts after the Aberdeen talisman inspired a 3-1 win at Tynecastle.

The 28-year-old tormented the home side with his pace and trickery, capping his performance with a stunning solo goal as he surged past Blazej Augustyn and Callum Paterson before curling a fine shot into the top corner.

The Northern Ireland international also claimed both assists for two-goal hero David Goodwillie as the Dons cemented their place at the summit of the Ladbrokes Premiership with their eighth league win on the bounce.

The Dons led by three goals at the break, and although Igor Rossi hit back for the hosts in the second half, a full-scale fightback was never on the cards.

McInnes admits he has come to expect heroics from McGinn.

He said: “We shouldn’t be surprised by Niall’s performance.

“He has been a consistently high performer ever since I came into this job.

“He contributes so many assists for us - I think he had the most in the league last year - and, if he gets opportunities, he has the quality to finish in front of goal.

“I had a good view of his goal at the time and to find the far corner from that angle was excellent.”