Aberdeen 2 - 2 Dundee United

Match info: Scottish Premier at Pittodrie Stadium

Date: 02/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: A Muir Att: 13,176

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Scott Vernon 11
Niall McGinn 53


Dundee U

Gavin Gunning 20
Jamie Langfield 34 (og)

FT (ht: 1-2)

  • Last Updated: January 2 2013, 18:32 GMT

Both Craig Brown and Peter Houston praised their youngsters after Aberdeen and Dundee United battled out in what was an entertaining 2-2 draw at Pittodrie.

Niall McGinn is mobbed after scoring
Niall McGinn is mobbed after scoring

The Dons took an early lead through Scott Vernon, but a Gavin Gunning header and a horrific own-goal from Jamie Langfield put the visitors ahead at the break, before Niall McGinn thundered home a free-kick early in the second half to ensure the sides shared the points.

Dons boss Brown said: "I think we had a good chance to get three points.

"In the first 20 minutes the game could have been out of sight, but we missed some good chances and the conceded some bad goals.

"You can't do that against Dundee United because they're a good team, and a good away team particularly.

"You can't concede goals like the second one in particular and expect to beat a good side like United.

"I was pleased with the overall performance. With four teenagers in the team, I thought we played exceptionally well. If you take away the two goals we conceded, I don't think Dundee United had many more chances in the game."

Langfield's mistake for the second Dundee United goal is not the first error the goalkeeper has made this term, but Brown was keen to deflect criticism away from his number one.

"The second goal was a goalkeeping error, but I don't criticise individuals," he said. "Up at the other end we missed chances we should have put away. It's only fair that if you criticise the defenders, you criticise the forwards as well.

"I compliment the team on their attitude. Again there was a second half fightback which didn't conclude in a victory, but I thought there was only one side going to win it."

Tangerines manager Houston was left frustrated by the soft free-kick that led to McGinn's leveller, but felt that a share of the spoils was a fair result.

"I think the draw was a fair result, but what has annoyed me is that I didn't think it was a free-kick for the second Aberdeen goal," he said.

"There were loads of similar incidents in the middle of the park, so I don't understand why Jon Daly standing his ground is a free-kick just because it's on the edge of the box.

"Great credit to the players for coming back from 1-0 down again. I felt we looked dangerous on the counter-attack and worked really hard

as a team. There were a lot of star performers out there."

Houston handed Aberdeen-born teenager John Souttar his debut for the Arabs, and at 16 years and 99 days, he becomes the youngest player to pull on the Tangerine jersey, taking over a record that had stood since Ian Mitchell made his debut against Hibs in 1962.

"It was forced upon us through injury and suspensions, but I'm never scared to throw young guys in," he said. After the first 10 or 15 minutes he played excellently.

"He looked nervous to begin with, playing a lot of 10-yard passes. One of the things he has in him is a 60-yard pass. He'll be a player for Dundee United as a centre-half one day, I rate him that highly. Both teams had plenty of young talent on show."

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