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Brown Will Address Attacking Problems
- Updated: May 13, 2012
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has bemoaned his side’s missing goal threat as the defining factor in their seventh place finish in the Scottish Premier League this season.
The Dons drew 0-0 with St Mirren in their final league outing but Brown insisted his side could have been comfortable winners. He said he would be working on adding attacking quality during the close season.
“That exemplifies our season,” the manager said. “We could have been 3-0 up in the first 10 minutes thanks to great chances, and we had a couple more later in the game.
“Credit to St Mirren, it looked as though they came for a point, and they got away with a point.
“Like last week against Kilmarnock, I thought we were the better team, but if you don’t score goals, you won’t win games. We know what we have to address over the summer.”
Brown said that even adding a few goals throughout the season could have made a significant difference to the club’s campaign. He added that he also felt he had been unfortunate with injuries that had prevented him making the consistent selection that his colleagues had enjoyed.
“It’s very tight, and a couple of points can make a difference,” he said.
“When you think of the points we’ve allowed to slip away, we could have been at least seventh and maybe even top half.
“I heard Stuart McCall at Motherwell, modestly, saying they had got away through the season with just one injury. I think they’ve used 15 players this season whereas we’ve had a cast of thousands.”
Darren Mackie made his final appearance in an Aberdeen jersey and the captain for the day had the best opportunity to break the deadlock but was denied by Saint Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson. Brown paid tribute to Mackie’s contribution over the years and expressed regret that the striker had not signed off in style.
“He got a great reception, and deservedly so,” he added.
“The pity is that he didn’t get the two or three goals I think he deserved. Everyone here loves him, and he goes with the best wishes of everyone at Aberdeen Football Club.”