Dons boss Brown rues early misses

Aberdeen boss Craig Brown was pleased to see his side grab a late leveller and earn a William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round replay against Motherwell but felt Stuart McCall's side should have been put to the sword long before that.

The Dons started the game brightly and Brown claimed they should have been well in command after dominating the early stages.

Brown said: "I thought Motherwell should have been relieved not to be 3-0 down in the opening 10 minutes. We should have been ahead, but the usual quality of determination was apparent at the end.

"We're a very good second half team because of the team is very fit, and their attitude is superb. With these qualities, I think we can go away from home and do even better."

Brown was Motherwell scorer Jamie Murphy's boss at Fir Park before taking the top job at Aberdeen, and his former charge's excellent 80th-minute opener did not come as a shock.

"We lost a goal which came out of nothing," Brown continued. "It was a superb goal from Jamie Murphy, and I'm not surprised by it because I know what he can do.

"You're always concerned when you lose a goal as late as that. I thought it would have been an injustice had we lost the game, and in the early part of the game we had to commend Lee Hollis, the Motherwell goalkeeper."

Brown is hopeful some of his eight injured players will recover for the replay, and he added: "We're missing eight players who quite conceivably could be in the team, and one or two have been outstanding throughout the season."

Motherwell boss Stuart McCall was dismayed by Aberdeen's late leveller, but agreed that the Dons had started superbly. He said: "It's the second time we've been up here and lost a goal in the last minute, but if you'd said to me after three or four minutes that we'd get a draw, I'd have taken it right then.

"The first five or 10 minutes were an onslaught, and how we survived it I don't know. There was a bit of good goalkeeping, some good fortune, and some good defending."