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Craig Brown: Dons are running out of time to bag a top six spot


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http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/football/spl/aberdeen/2012/02/21/aberdeen-boss-craig-brown-dons-are-running-out-of-time-to-bag-a-top-six-spot-86908-23759045/

 

CRAIG BROWN admits his Aberdeen outfit must shape up in front of goal or they can forget his pre-season aim of a place in the top six.

 

The Dons boss made a spot in the business end of the league his top target at the start of the campaign but an early-season slump saw them hit rock bottom in the SPL.

 

Relegation fears have, however, been swept away by a 10-game unbeaten run but the Dons have drawn five of their last seven and four of those have been goalless.

 

With just six games left before the split, Brown said: “We are running out of games and time with regard to making it into the top six.

 

“As long as we have the chance to break in there we will keep fighting.

 

“We have the capability to go on a winning run, not just an unbeaten one, to get us there but it has to start now as time is short.

 

“We are picking up too many draws and unless we start turning them into wins it will be difficult to make an impact in the league.

 

“Drawing matches keepsus safe but we must start turning them into victories to get into the top six.”

 

The Pittodrie side have an extensive injury list but having drafted in Russell Anderson, Mark Reynolds, Gavin Rae, Stephen Hughes and Danny Uchechi in January, Brown admits there will be no more new faces.

 

Former Scotland star Hughes has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury but the Dons boss said: “I can’t bring in any signings even though there are free agents available.

 

“Losing Hughes is a blow as he was doing so well but even though we are looking at players all the time, it will now be with a view to adding them in the summer.”

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5th could well be Europe, worst case scenario 4th place is Europe and we are just 5pt off that.  To have a chance of that we need to be in the top6, and indeed by the looks of things it will be a close thing for Europe whoever gets top 6, so yes top6 is important.

All these 0-0 draws will/have killed us, must win on Saturday.

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Just a random thought on this for Mr Brown.

If you're uptight about this, how about trying to play players in the natural positions, and maybe just maybe try some tactics that actually give us a chance of winning rather than just not losing ???

 

With no fullbacks or wingers I'm not sure how that's possible.

 

Schoolboy error from the 74 year old donstalker!

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