Brown: I've finally got a solid squad

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Aberdeen manager Craig Brown feels his squad has strength in depth
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Aberdeen manager Craig Brown feels his squad has strength in depth

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown hailed the importance of a strong squad after his side's dominant 2-1 away victory against St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Last year, Aberdeen underachieved thanks to an inability to create chances. Against St Johnstone they had them in abundance and should have added more than the two scored by Isaac Osbourne and Jonny Hayes.

Hayes, and youngster Ryan Fraser on the opposite wing, were a constant threat and provided the ammunition for Aberdeen to take all three points. "We've got wingers now," Brown said. "And you can see they are always wanting to get the ball across the goal."

He added: "Strikers will thrive on that if we can get crosses in and that's something we were not getting last season. I think the score doesn't quite reflect the superiority we had. We had two goals disallowed for offside, we hit the post, but I'm delighted.

"We created chances and we passed the ball through the whole team, as we have all season. We got that little bit of luck that has deserted us. Against Celtic we had no luck and then last week against Ross County we dominated but couldn't score.

"I don't want to get too carried away, but when you look at our bench it shows the quality of players that we've got. When you can have Mark Reynolds and Chris Clark on the bench, you know the squad is strong."

St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas saw his side endure a miserable afternoon.

Not only were his side outplayed, but they lost Chris Millar and Murray Davidson to injuries after starting the day without three of their main strikers.

"When it rains it pours," Lomas said, "It was just a bad day at the office. With the previous two games, even though we only took one point, there were plenty of plaudits to go around, but there were few positives to take from that."

He went on to say: "I said at half-time that if we kept a clean sheet then we would be right in it because we're always capable of creating chances. But I think if Ando [Steven Anderson] had nodded it in at the end then it would have been a bit of an injustice."

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