McInnes praises travel-weary Dons after victory at Tannadice
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes praised his players' mental resilience after following a 7,000-mile round trip to Kazakhstan with victory over Dundee United at Tannadice.
United lost 3-0 at home to United on the opening day of last season after going out of the Europa League days earlier, but they showed little sign of their epic journey as Kenny McLean headed the only goal in the 83rd minute.
McLean had netted a crucial away goal in the 2-1 defeat by Kairat Almaty and his looping, backward header from David Goodwillie's cross could be just as important if Aberdeen are to mount a Ladbrokes Premiership title challenge. McInnes said: "I'm absolutely delighted with everything, given the circumstances.
"There was lots of determination and good play, as an away team we had a fair level of control for long spells. After we went in front there was a maturity about our performance.
"And I'm delighted for Kenny because I thought he was the best man on the park."
Hearts celebrated their return to the Ladbrokes Premiership by coming out on the right side of a 4-3 scoreline against St Johnstone.
Sam Nicholson scored the decisive goal at Tynecastle after the visitors dragged themselves level from trailing 3-1.