Aberdeen Score At Last!

21 August 2011 11:04
Two sides looking for the first win and Inverness blinked first Aberdeen manager Craig Brown finally had something to smile about as his side ran out 2-1 winners over a feisty (in the second half at least) Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Tghe goals were the first his side have scored this season as the Dons had failed to score in their opening four games. However, it took only 12 minutes for them to to open the scoring against the Highlanders when Rob Milsom slotted home. Scott Vernon capitalised on a defensive error by Caley debutant Roman Golobart (on loan from Wigan) to double the advantage before Richie Foran pulled a goal back with 11 minutes left to set up a nervy finish for the hosts. Brown was relieved to see his side hold on for all three points and is hopeful they can now go on a winning run. He said: "We are delighted to get off the mark with a league victory. I feel that results in this league go in cycles. We have had a bad spell and now I'm hoping this will kick us into a good spell. We are pleased to get the three points and the two goals but we have actually played better in other matches and not got the points. I thought we played exceptionally well in the first half and 2-0 didn't flatter us at half-time. However, the second half was a transformation and obviously the team behind went out with nothing to lose. We were hanging on desperately at the end but I thought we defended well." Brown felt that an injury may have contributed to a careless error by defender Youl Mawene which led to Foran's goal. He went on: "He did pick up an injury but I don't know the nature of it. He got a knock in the first half and we maybe should have replaced him then but he manfully carried on. He got another knock in the second half so he had to come off. The goal was softly conceded. It was a good goal from their point of view but from our point of view it was a very bad defensive error that cost the goal." Inverness manager Terry Butcher wants his players to show they can play like they did in the second half for the full ninety and is confident they will pick up their first win of the season if they do. He said: "It was a tale of two halves. In the first half while we had reasonably good possession, we gave it away too easily and made mistakes which allowed Aberdeen to get into a two goal lead and it could have been worse. The second half was completely different. I broke a few things in the dressing room at half-time - not players' legs or heads but the poor tactics board got a bit of a battering! In the second half I thought they came out and played really well. I was delighted apart from our finishing. We got into some great positions but didn't quite manage to pull the trigger. If we can play like we did in the second half then we will go on to win games."