Dons draw satisfies Brown

Sun, 02 Sep 07:39:49 2012

Craig Brown was full of praise for his Aberdeen players despite seeing them again fail to score in a goalless draw with St Mirren.

The Dons' stalemate with the Buddies was the fourth time they had failed to find the back of the net in their opening five Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches. But Brown refused to be too despondent after seeing his men enjoy the better of the chances and possession.

He said: "I think we were dominant in the game. We hit the post and the bar and we missed a lot of chances. If we continue to play like that then we can't complain. We can only be disappointed that we haven't got the results that I think our play deserves.

"Our three home games have been very similar and you notice the rejoicing from the opposing support and bench. It's a compliment that these teams come and are very happy to leave with a point. It was a great effort from the team and a good performance, except for the finishing."

Youngster Cameron Smith was closest to grabbing the winner when he came off the bench and almost scored from a Jonny Hayes cross, only to see his header come back off the crossbar. Brown admitted it would have been a fairytale moment had the 17-year-old managed to score the decisive goal on his Pittodrie debut.

He added: "Wee Cammy could have been the hero today when he headed it against the underside of the bar. For a 17-year-old to come in and score the winner, it would have been a dream for him. He has come off the bench away from home against Inverness but that was him playing at home for the first time.

"It would have been great for him to score but it will come. He will score goals here for sure."

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon was also satisfied that his team's gritty display earned a point at the end of a tiring week. The Buddies followed up last Sunday's 1-1 draw against Motherwell with an impressive 5-1 midweek win over Ayr United in the Scottish Communities League Cup.

And the hard-earned point at Pittodrie means they now move into the top half of the league, only two points behind leaders Celtic.

Lennon said: "It has been a very demanding week with three games in six days but we have picked up a very valuable point. We had to do it in a way that we are not accustomed to. We usually enjoy long spells of possession and we like to boss the ball but to be fair to Aberdeen they put us under pressure for long periods in the game."


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