Brown pleased with Dons display

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Craig Brown was pleased Aberdeen overcame a tortuous journey to collect a point on Saturday
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Craig Brown was pleased Aberdeen overcame a tortuous journey to collect a point on Saturday

Manager Craig Brown used his experience to urge his Aberdeen side to put their tortuous journey behind them ahead of the 1-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League draw with Dundee United at Tannadice.

Niall McGinn, Northern Ireland's midweek hero in Portugal, cancelled out John Rankin's strike as the Dons extended their unbeaten run to 11 games despite being caught up in the A90 road closure.

The Dons arrived 40 minutes before kick-off, before Brown reminded his players of a 1990 World Cup qualifying clash when Scotland had 25 minutes to prepare for a meeting with France.

Brown was Scotland assistant manager in 1989 when Andy Roxburgh's men required a police escort - arranged using one of the first mobile phones - to reach Hampden through heavy traffic before recording a memorable 2-0 win.

"I was saying to our players 'don't give me any excuses' because it was the best Scottish home performance," Brown said. "Today's game was a good-quality game. It was probably a good point for us to maintain our unbeaten run and a good point for Dundee United to halt the unfortunate run they've been having."

Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson insisted the journey, over an hour longer than usual, did not impact on his side despite a curtailed warm-up.

He said: "We were a bit lethargic in our play, but I wouldn't want to blame it on the journey.

"Our tempo wasn't high enough to be able to get through them. Second half we were a bit more direct and it seemed to work."

United manager Peter Houston said: "I'm slightly disappointed we didn't win, but when I consider our performance at Inverness a few weeks ago, it's night and day, it's an improvement and it's a start.

"I'm delighted with the players. They worked their socks off."

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