Louis Moult scored a double as Motherwell warmed up for the League Cup final with an impressive win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
Moult headed Motherwell into the lead just before half-time when he got on to the end of Richard Tait’s free-kick.
And he doubled the visitors’ advantage when he slammed home Chris Cadden’s cross at the near post.
Aberdeen struggled to create anything in the final third as Motherwell strolled to the three points.
With Graeme Shinnie suspended, Andrew Considine captained Aberdeen to mark his 408th appearance for the club, but it was a torrid start for him and the rest of the Dons defence as Motherwell were determined to continue the improvement they have shown since a 7-2 hammering at Pittodrie last February.
They also wanted to prove they weren’t going to be distracted by next weekend’s League Cup Final against Celtic and it took three good saves by Joe Lewis to deny them a goal in the opening 10 minutes.