Rooney sends Aberdeen top of the league in thriller

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - Front Page - By Brian Fowlie sport@sun­day­

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.

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