Aberdeen trio collect monthly SPL awards

Aberdeen scoop trio of SPL awards

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has been voted Clydesdale Bank Premier League manager of the month for October.

And the Pittodrie side celebrated a clean sweep of the awards with Niall McGinn and Ryan Fraser picking up the player and young player prizes.

The Dons went last month unbeaten, with victories against Kilmarnock and Dundee and a draw with Dundee United.

McGinn in particular had a month to savour, scoring in each of his side's SPL matches.

The former Celtic forward is currently on a streak of six goals in six league games and thanked Brown for signing him in the summer after being farmed out to Brentford by the Scottish champions.

"Thanks has to go to the manager for bringing me in and giving me a new lease of life," the 25-year-old told BBC Scotland.

"I'm enjoying my football again, playing with a smile of my face and scoring goals."

Aberdeen began October with a 3-1 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park before a 1-1 draw in the New Firm derby at Tannadice.

Their final league match in October was a 2-0 win over Dundee at Pittodrie.

But the curse of the award winner set in for their next match as they were knocked out of the Scottish Communities League Cup on penalties after a 2-2 draw with St Mirren.

And, on Saturday, they suffered their first league defeat since the opening day of the season on Saturday, going down 2-1 to Ross County.

Brown said: "I think, in October, we did very well. Unfortunately, it has not started as well in November, but I'm sure we'll get back on track very quickly.

"I'm fortunate enough to get an award, but it is these guys and the other staff I owe the debt to.

"I think the awards are for Aberdeen Football Club and the team and not for individuals."

However, Brown praised his two fellow award winners.

"They are both very unassuming," he said. "Usually, when players are as successful as they are, they tend to get a bit carried away, but there's no indication of that with these fellows.

"They are modest, hard-working, conscientious and diligent players, so no players deserve the award more than these two."

Fraser said he was happy to continue his development at Aberdeen and was wary of following the likes of former team-mate Jack Grimmer, who has yet to make a first-team appearance since leaving for Fulham in the summer, to English football.

"I never expected to get into the first team so early, so thanks to the gaffer for believing in me," said the 18-year-old winger.

"I just keep my feet on the ground and try to be a good footballer.

"I've still got a lot to learn as a footballer and I can do it here."