Aberdeen obliterated Dundee to ensure four teams are split by just a point at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

The win was Derek McInnes’ side’s third in a week and moves them level with third-placed , and just one point adrift of Rangers and Kilmarnock.

’s first-half header and clinical low strike were added to by Andrew Considine’s headed brace and Connor McLennan’s volley.

Calvin Miller lashed in a consolation, but Dundee were dominated.

’s side defended haphazardly and created little in a defeat that causes them to slip below St Mirren to the bottom of the division on goal difference, four points adrift of safety.

Composed Cosgrove makes mark

Cosgrove – who had scored just twice for Aberdeen before this month – continued to show the difference having a consistent goalscorer can make with a performance of determination and composure.

His diving header after 16 minutes was clinical, throwing himself forward to divert in McLennan’s cute cross, and ensured this would be the third consecutive game in which he had scored.

And his second, as half-time loomed, exhibited his determination and composure, bursting in to the Dundee box and coolly skidding the ball in to the far corner after Le Ferguson clipped a ball into the path of his attentive run.

The English striker has never shied away from putting in a shift but it now seems as though the 22-year old has finally settled in to his role. Whether it be through well-timed runs, hold-up play, or switching roles with Stevie May up front, Cosgrove not only looks like a player in form, but also a bona fide talisman for the top-six side.

Buoyed by a strong opening 45 minutes, Aberdeen continued tormenting the Dundee goal in the second half and it was not long before the visitors’ porous back line was once again overcome.

Like so often during McInnes’ reign, a McGinn cross was at the heart of the third and fourth goals.

First, the 31-year old swung in a corner that picked out the well-timed leap and header of Considine. Then, on the opposite wing, the Northern Irish international darted to the bye-line before lofting to the back post for the unopposed McLennan to add a smart finish to his first-half assist.

Dundee did claim a consolation goal through a wonderfully-placed Miller shot, but it wasn’t enough to quell Aberdeen’s lust for more when Considine made it five at the second attempt from another corner just four minutes later.

It was the first time since May 2017 in which Aberdeen have scored five or more goals and a 20th consecutive game without defeat against Dundee.

Andrew Considine heads in the fifth goal

‘Aberdeen high on confidence’ – analysis

BBC Sport Scotland’s Tyrone Smith at Pittodrie

Elvis Presley once sang ‘there’s no job too immense when you have confidence’ and Aberdeen had it coursing through them.

is the epitome of that. A few weeks ago, people were asking where Aberdeen’s goals were going to come from but the Englishman has now delivered four in three games. And it’s not just about the goals – he was trying his luck from distance, the flicks were coming off, he held the ball up well, and made an all round nuisance of himself.

McInnes threw down the gauntlet to his front men a few weeks ago – Cosgrove has not only picked it up, he has clutched it and stuck it firmly in his kit bag.

As for Dundee, a couple of the goals were unfortunate but there is no escaping the fact this was a bruising night. And it doesn’t get any easier – they go to this weekend.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Le
  • 2Logan
  • 4Considine
  • 5McKenna
  • 29Lowe
  • 19FergusonBooked at 75mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 27McLennan
  • 17MaySubstituted forBallat 62′minutes
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forWilsonat 69′minutes
  • 16CosgroveSubstituted forForresterat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Forrester
  • 8Gleeson
  • 9Wilson
  • 15Wright
  • 20Cerny
  • 21Ball
  • 25Anderson

Dundee

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2Kerr
  • 5KusungaSubstituted forBoyleat 18′minutes
  • 6O’Dea
  • 3RalphBooked at 66mins
  • 27Curran
  • 28SpenceSubstituted forKamaraat 50′minutes
  • 4WoodsBooked at 56mins
  • 17Miller
  • 18McGowanBooked at 77mins
  • 20MillerSubstituted forKallmanat 61′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kamara
  • 12Parish
  • 14Nabi
  • 15Inniss
  • 19Kallman
  • 23Boyle
  • 45Moore
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
13,142

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home17
Away2
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 5, Dundee 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 5, Dundee 1.

Foul by Chris Forrester (Aberdeen).

(Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jesse Curran.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jesse Curran.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Andrew Boyle.

Delay in match Darren O’Dea (Dundee) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Chris Forrester replaces .

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Paul McGowan (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Booking

Le Ferguson (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Le Ferguson (Aberdeen).

Martin Woods (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 5, Dundee 1. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Connor McLennan with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Nathan Ralph.

Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Le Ferguson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. James Wilson replaces Niall McGinn.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 4, Dundee 1. Calvin Miller (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Le Ferguson (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Nathan Ralph (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathan Ralph (Dundee).

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Benjamin Kallman (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

(Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Connor McLennan (Aberdeen).

Nathan Ralph (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Dominic Ball replaces Stevie May.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Benjamin Kallman replaces Kenny Miller.

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Glen Kamara (Dundee).

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Kenny Miller (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Martin Woods (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 4, Dundee 0. Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Niall McGinn with a cross.