Brown admits Aberdeen fortune

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Aberdeen manager Craig Brown admitted his side rode their luck to earn their second away win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Dundee United.

Jon Daly had given United the lead after six minutes with his 50th goal for the club before Aberdeen substitute Mohamed Chalali equalised with his first touch. Kari Arnason struck a spectacular winner for the Dons with a long-range shot three minutes from time.

Brown said: "We are delighted that we managed to recover from a shocking first half. Some harsh words were said to the lads at the interval and they responded very well. Dundee United will be upset that they didn't get a point from the game but so often in the past we have deserved more and not got it."

He added: "I think we probably deserved the win in terms of effort but in terms of play I think a draw would have been a fairer result."

And Brown heaped praise on Icelandic international Arnason following his wonder strike.

He added: "It was a great goal. He told me he scored a similar goal for Plymouth against MK Dons a couple of years ago and it was the goal of the season. We saw him hit the post with a shot like that against St Johnstone and he drew a great save from Allan McGregor against Rangers at Pittodrie so that was not a fluke."

Dundee United manager Peter Houston was angry that his side were not awarded a penalty towards the end of the first half when Johnny Russell looked to have been brought down by Andrew Considine. The United boss also felt the officials had made a wrong decision in the lead-up to Chalali's equaliser.

He said: "Johnny Russell was ready to pull the trigger and his legs were taken away from him. The opposition players were even saying to our players that it was a stonewall penalty kick. I can see that from the side even though I don't have a great view.

"If he'd tapped that into the net it would have been 2-0 so I feel aggrieved about that. And then Paul Dixon clears the ball up the line and it hits their player and goes out for a throw-in to us but they get the throw-in and score from it. I thought our boys were great today and I feel very aggrieved that we didn't take all three points."

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