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Brown buoyed by Dons display
Published : 07 Oct 2012 16:14:00
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown hailed his side's performance in the 3-1 SPL win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday. The Dons finally showed their ability to convert commanding play into goals and points. Kilmarnock took an early lead through Ryan O'Leary but the Dons stormed back with goals from Gavin Rae, Niall McGinn and Scott Vernon. Aberdeen have already drawn five times in nine Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches but Brown believes he has now seen a more clinical side to his team. "I don't want to disagree with (Kilmarnock boss) Kenny (Shiels), who has done a fantastic job at Kilmarnock, but if he thinks they deserved something from the game then, with the greatest respect, I can't agree with him," Brown said. "At half-time I told the players that we were the better team and to go out and prove it." With eight goals and seven points from their last three league games the obvious difference was emphasised by Brown when he said: "We have only had one defeat this season but the three 0-0 home draws felt like six points lost." Having dominated the latter part of the first half without converting their chances Aberdeen took less than a minute of the second period to equalise through Rae, before McGinn gave them the lead 10 minutes later. And although Vernon grabbed his first SPL goal of the season in the final minute to make it an emphatic scoreline, it was McGinn's contribution as a goalscorer which has made a difference in recent games. McGinn, who will now join up with Northern Ireland for their World Cup qualifier against Portugal, said: "Personally that's three goals in three games but I'm just delighted it is three points. "The turning point has probably been the Motherwell game when we came back from 3-1 behind. But all in all we have played well this season and been waiting for the results to come." Brown added: "McGinn along with Gavin Rae has got crucial goals. But his movement and pace are also great assets and I've told him he will have the chance to use them on Porto's big pitch and show (Cristiano) Ronaldo how to play!" Killie boss Shiels felt his team deserved something from the game. "We were probably victims of our own success," he said. "After we scored the early goal we dropped off and gave them the ball. They didn't work our goalkeeper, though, and when we got to half-time everything was really good. "Then we make a stupid mistake and it is 1-1 and the game changes. It was one of those days when Aberdeen get the breaks and take them to be 3-1 winners. But I genuinely think we were hard done to with the final result and it wasn't a true reflection of the game."