Lewis Ferguson (left) scored the winner after Ryan Hedges’ leveller for Aberdeen
Aberdeen “got what they deserved” after coming from behind to beat depleted Dundee and return to the Scottish Premiership’s top six before the winter break.
The Dens Park side failed in a request to have the game postponed after losing six players to a positive Covid test.
But they took the lead through Leigh Griffiths’ stunning 35-yard free-kick.
Ryan Hedges levelled before the break and Lewis Ferguson thundered home their winner with 20 minutes left.
“It was very hard earned,” manager Stephen Glass said. “The boys showed the resilience that they’ve showed a lot recently. They dug it out and did what they needed to do.”
Aberdeen replace Dundee United in sixth place and trail Hibernian by two points while James McPake’s remain two points above bottom side St Johnstone and two below Ross County.
The visitors, who made four changes, named only four substitutes – including 17-year-old Callum Lamb, 40-year-old assistant manager Dave Mackay and two goalkeepers.
McPake’s men started with a high press to try and keep Aberdeen at bay and, when they won a free-kick in Griffiths’ shooting range, they struck the first blow. It was a sensational strike into the top left corner.
However, Aberdeen were quick to respond with Hedges receiving on the edge of the box, getting past Cammy Kerr and forcing the ball under Adam Legzdins.
The Dons claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty after Christian Ramirez’s header into a crowded six-yard box at a corner and, moments later, Hedges tested Legzdins from the 18-yard line.
Dundee struggled to get the ball to stick in attack and the Griffiths goal remained their only shot on target.
Connor McLennan replaced Teddy Jenks and the substitute’s cross led to the winning goal, the ball deflecting towards Ramirez and Ferguson arriving to finish powerfully.
Aberdeen continued to press to try and eliminate any hopes of a Dundee comeback but one good chance did come the visitors’ way late on.
Paul McGowan’s free-kick from halfway was nodded down by Shaun Byrne and Liam Fontaine tried desperately to convert only for the hosts to clear.
Man of the match – Ryan Hedges
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