Robson is thrilled when Duks smashes Double Hearts

The Dons fans certainly made it clear who they wanted, regularly cheering their former player’s name and especially at the end of that impressive performance that blew Robbie Neilson’s team away.

The man himself continued to play a straight racquet when asked about those prospects, saying afterwards: “[It’s] Another question for the board. I can’t give you anything. I haven’t spoken to them. You have to ask her that.”

Robson also declined to divert the spotlight from the players, who were clinching three straight league wins for the first time in 15 months.

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He said: “The way we want to play and the way an Aberdeen fan wants to see their team play is fast, quick and open-minded, playing through the lines and exciting.

“It’s not easy to get that every week. It’s a really tough way to play and you have to be skilled at it, be physically ready and play the right passes at the right time – but the players did it perfectly in the first half.

“We’ve seen signs of that over the past few weeks, there’s been some good performances and we’ve scored some really good goals.”

A Luis ‘Duk’ Lopes double, who joined Mattie Pollock’s first for the club, puts the Dons within four points of Hearts in the race for a Europa League spot.

It is now Robbie Neilson’s side who appear to be in disarray, as illustrated in a first half where they were fortunate to stay within three goals of the break, such was the gap in the Class.


Graeme Shinnie’s return on loan from Wigan was also a key factor in the Dons’ recent revival and it was his drive, aggression and skill that led to an opener after five minutes that did little to help Zander Clark’s Scotland qualification .

Shinnie fired over a weak Barrie McKay and Clark was just barely able to shove the ball to Duk, who netted with the help of a slight deflection, but either way the keeper should have done better. It was criticism that went all the way back up the Hearts line as the former Sporting Lisbon and Benfica youngster scored his second in 21 minutes when Pollock broke forward. Not only was the centre-back not closed, Duk dodged his marker to lob a superb header past Clark.

Cover was just as weak when Pollock added the third half an hour ago when a free-kick from loanee Liverpool midfielder Leighton Clarkson found the defender sneaking in to send a header into the net.

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The only surprise was that no further damage was done and the visiting officials were not afraid to express their feelings at the final whistle.

Hearts have lost a sizeable lead in the third-place race as their form has slipped and Neilson concedes the team deserved the scolding of Hearts supporters at all times.

He said: “I certainly do [understand the jeers] because I was just as frustrated as they were. They paid their money to come here. It’s a long train journey, expensive – to look at.” Robson is thrilled when Duks smashes Double Hearts

Russell Falcon

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