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Mark McGhee delighted by Aberdeen victory

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee
McGhee was delighted to see Aberdeen sit top of the league

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee was delighted with his side's 4-0 thumping of Hamilton to move top of the league on the opening day of the season.

Captain and debutant Paul Hartley scored a hat-trick - with all the goals coming from the penalty spot.

"Some of what we believed within this group we saw today," McGhee told BBC Scotland afterwards.

"There was attacking football, movement and pace. A lot of the things we missed last season were there today."

Hartley's hat-trick and a Zander Diamond goal capped a memorable day for the Dons.

But McGhee said his side would not get carried away, despite sitting top of the league.

"We'll take a bit of encouragement from it and see how we're going to improve on it," McGhee said.

"I don't want the fact there were three penalties to disguise how emphatic a result it was. When a team plays well and puts pressure on the opposition, that pressure and that play will manifest itself in different ways.

We can go home pleased with ourselves and encouraged by what we've seen of the new group

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee

"Today our good play in open play resulted in them not being able to cope with us and giving away three penalties. I think that's fair.

"Hartley despatched them all clinically and ends up getting a hat-trick on his debut, which is just sensational."

McGhee said there was plenty to be positive about given the winning start the Dons have made.

"Hamilton had a lot of shots and crosses," he added. "We've got to have a look at that because, on another day, that might've resulted in us conceding a goal.

"We have to look at the negatives without taking away from the positives. We've got to be pleased.

"The fans came to see what kind of football we were going to play. I think they'll go home pleased, hopefully, it's the start of a run and an improvement.

"We have 37 games still to play in the league and we have to prove it week in week out. The bottom line is that today we can go home pleased with ourselves and encouraged by what we've seen of the new group."

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Aberdeen 4-0 Hamilton Accies
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