Vernon hopes goal can kickstart run

Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon admits his barren spell had affected his confidence but he hopes his winner at Dunfermline can inspire him to rediscover his goalscoring touch in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Substitute Vernon bundled Niall McGinn's cross over the line from close range in the third minute of injury-time at East End Park on Wednesday night to hand the Dons a 1-0 Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final place.

The Englishman had not scored since the second round against Morton and has not notched in the SPL this season.

But Vernon, who scored 28 goals in his first two seasons at Pittodrie, is looking to go on a run now.

"As a striker I want to score goals, simple as that," the 28-year-old told Red TV.

"Every striker will tell you they go through spells in the season where they don't score. What matters is how you get through it and overcome it.

"I stay positive all the time and keep working hard on my game and keep training well and trying to score. It does affect your confidence, of course it does. Every striker will tell you the same, you are only human.

"When you're missing chances and not getting chances you wonder where the goals are going to come from. It's tough but I stay positive and hopefully getting the goal will give me confidence."

Vernon admitted Aberdeen had Jamie Langfield to thank for their win after the goalkeeper made a string of impressive saves to keep out the Irn-Bru First Division side.

Vernon, whose team host Hibernian on Saturday in a noon kick-off, said: "In the first half we were all over the place, to put it bluntly. We know we didn't play well and to still get a win was great."