Aberdeen boss Craig Brown vows improvement is coming

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Interview: Aberdeen manager Craig Brown

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown accepts responsibility for the club's current plight but insists winnings ways will return to Pittodrie soon.

The Dons are rooted to the foot of the Scottish Premier League, with just three wins all season.

"I still think that it's a false position," Brown told BBC Scotland.

"I don't want to make a fool of myself by making rash predictions - but my prediction is we'll win some games in the forthcoming weeks."

Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock sent Brown's side to the bottom of the table - the position they were in when he and assistant Archie Knox took over one year ago.

However, Brown pointed out that his side has been ravaged by injuries, suspensions - the sale of two key players - and playing the teams at the top of the table twice.

"It disappoints me, but everyone's emphasising the fact that we're bottom of the league - which is correct," said Brown.

"But no-one says we've played the top three twice - we're the only team who have done that.

"No-one says that we've a game in hand, and if we draw it, we won't be bottom of the league.

"We've had horrendous injury troubles and suspensions, but there's no reason for me to make any excuses - we're there because we've not had enough points.

"It's quite easy to emphasise the bottom of the league. It's happened to Terry Butcher already, and he was accused of being at the bottom - but now we're at the bottom.

"I agree that it's not acceptable for Aberdeen, and we've got to get away from it. I'm optimistic and confident we will.

"We lost two creative players - Chris Maguire and Sone Aluko - and I think it's fair to say we haven't adequately replaced the creativity that they could produce for us.

"It's our objective to try and bring in someone who can open up a defence a bit more - we're still on the look out and we'll never stop looking - I think if we replace them with one good player, we'll be okay."

Brown also sought comfort in the fate of another former Aberdeen manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, who experienced a difficult start to his career at Manchester United before enjoying great success.

He also issued an apology to the Pittodrie club's fans.

"It takes time," added Brown. "If you take the best manager on the planet - Sir Alex - it took him time at Manchester United and there were shouts for his head early in his time there.

"All I'm saying is, we're working hard to improve the team and make sure we make a team that will give pride back to the city of Aberdeen.

"I'm very conscious of the excellent support we've had and I can't complain.

"I've had terrific support from the fans, the players and the board. No-one could be faulted - if anyone could, it's the management, because I accept responsibility.

"There's a fighting spirit in the camp - there's a lot of good play that I think the fans will see from now until the end of the season.

"I'm very optimistic about it and most apologetic and embarassed for Aberdeen football club, but that we're where we are."

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