Rooney sends Aberdeen top of the league in thriller
ABERDEEN’S dramatic win at Firhill was a day of mixed emotions for two strikers.
Adam Rooney was the Dons hero after coming back from injury and hitting the winner.
Kris Doolan of Thistle reached a personal landmark after scoring against the only top flight team he’d previously drawn a blank against.
The Dons have recruited Stevie May and Nicky Maynard but Rooney showed he is still the main man in the penalty box.
He said: “I didn’t feel I had to prove a point. I feel I’ve done it over the last few years.
“I know what I can offer the team and score goals.
“I’d had a good pre-season and played friendlies but then I got the injury and missed the European games.
“That was very frustrating. The only good thing about me being out was that the team got off to a flying start and the good thing is that we now have plenty of options in the squad.
“It’s brilliant that we’re top of the league. We looked at the fixtures when they were announced and we thought we were capable of putting a run together from the start, like we did when we won the first seven or eight games a couple of years ago.
“Thankfully, we’ve done that, we’re playing good football and we can only get stronger.
“We’ve always brought other strikers in and I’ve always held my own. I want to play every week, but so does everybody else.”
Partick Thistle skipper Doolan took some consolation from hitting the net in the defeat.
He has scored against every Premiership team and admitted the lack of a strike against the Dons had been niggling away at him.
He said: “That’s every team ticked off.
“It’s been in the back of my mind every time we play Aberdeen. “It was annoying me a wee bit. “Now I need to start again and score against them all.
“For us to score three in the game and not win is hard to take.
“The penalty was pivotal, but there were other chances for us to take something.”
■ Aberdeen’s Adam Rooney.