Aberdeen hard done by at Ibrox, says boss Craig Brown

Aberdeen assistant manager Archie Knox and manager Craig Brown
Brown (right) felt his side performed well at Ibrox

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown felt the scoreline in his side's 2-0 defeat to Rangers flattered the Ibrox side.

Steven Davis fired the hosts ahead and Aberdeen's Richard Foster headed against the Rangers crossbar before Steven Naismith's late second.

"The goal with the last kick of the ball distorted the result," Brown told BBC Radio Scotland.

"We were more likely to get an equaliser than Rangers were to get a second goal."

Foster, who spent last season on loan at Rangers, pounced on a rebound after Allan McGregor saved Scott Vernon's shot but the Dons captain's effort struck the frame of the goal.

And Naismith's goal was somewhat fortunate with Aberdeen goalkeeper David Gonzalez's save from a Davis free kick presenting the Rangers forward with an easy tap-in.

"Credit to the team, they played exceptionally well, particularly in the second half, part of the first half as well," said Brown.

"But we conceded a soft goal and paid the penalty and when we had the chance to equalise, it was very unfortunate that Richard Foster's header hit the bar.

"His performance merited a goal. The shot from Scott Vernon was an excellent one, which the goalkeeper McGregor failed to cope with and it spun to Richard.

"And we had a good chance earlier when Scott Vernon went round the goalkeeper and he delayed his ball into the box.

"There were many positives but the big overriding issue is that Rangers got the points.

"I'm pleased with the performance but very disappointed for the fans who have come all this way again to go back up to Aberdeen suffering another defeat.

"I feel sorry for the goalkeeper, David Gonzalez, who has played exceptionally well since he's come here. He mishandled a shot and it was a gift second goal while at that point we were totally dominant in the game.

"I credit the team for their effort and for obeying instructions; they played the way we wanted them to play, keep the passing, keep possession. They did that exceptionally well but we didn't create enough chances and when we did we didn't score and that's fatal when you're trying to get a result."

Meanwhile, Brown hopes he can possibly bring another forward in before the close of the transfer window on Wednesday.

"I do feel that we could do with an improvement," he added. "We might improve the team middle to front but it's quite difficult.

"I don't want to make a signing for the sake of making a signing, I want to make a signing that will improve the team.

"We've had so many players flagged up. My phone's red hot and so is my computer with the emails from agents. And every agent's got a world-beater so they've got to be carefully scrutinised before we dive into the transfer market.

"The club have been very supportive in giving us players that we've wanted. The chairman has not restricted us so far. I don't want to push his patience too far but I think he would agree that we need someone to put the ball in the net."