Fraser almost frozen out of Dons victory

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Craig Brown feared rising star Ryan Fraser would miss game against Dundee
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Craig Brown feared rising star Ryan Fraser would miss game against Dundee

Aberdeen boss Craig Brown revealed winger Ryan Fraser had come close to missing out on the 2-0 win against Dundee in bizarre circumstances.

Fraser set up the first goal for Niall McGinn and his strong running on the flanks saw three Dundee players booked for fouls on him, before a Johnny Hayes free-kick was deflected in off Jim McAlister to seal the win for the Dons.

Brown revealed: "He (Fraser) was a bit under the weather today, it was touch and go whether we started him.

"It was snowing up here last night, and he lost his wallet in the garden. He and his father spent four hours crawling around in the snow searching for it. He got badly chilled and came in this morning like a wreck.

"The snow had melted overnight and the first thing he saw when he went out the door the morning was his wallet! He looked like he was suffering from hypothermia, but he had a very good first half."

The Dons boss was delighted to see his side extend their unbeaten run to 12 games, but admitted he was slightly disappointed with the way his side performed against the bottom of the table side.

"I don't count, because as soon as you start counting, you falter in the next one. Last season we had 13, so that might be a target," he said. "Although we had most of the ball, we failed to create clear-cut goalscoring chances. We'll take the result, but we'll give credit to Dundee who, I thought, did exceptionally well today."

Dundee boss Barry Smith was pleased with his side's second-half performance, but bemoaned the terrible run of luck that has seen him struggle to name a consistent back four. Brian Easton became the latest player to suffer an injury for the Dark Blues, pulling up with a hamstring injury just three minutes into the match.

Smith said: "The second half was much better. We were pinned back a bit in the first half, but the second we got onto the front foot and managed to put Aberdeen under pressure. We've got to draw confidence from that.

"I don't know what I've done! We work hard with a back four all week, and I don't think I've had the same back four all season. To then lose one of my back four after just three minutes, it's an incredible run of bad luck. It's his hamstring he's injured. It certainly doesn't make it any easier."

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