Brown hails Anderson impact
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown lavished praise on defender Russell Anderson after hailing his captain's introduction in their Scottish Communities League Cup win over Dunfermline as a decisive moment.
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After being dominated for long spells in the third-round tie against the First Division side, Brown brought on his skipper in the 68th minute for Josh Magennis.
First-team regulars Stephen Hughes and Scott Vernon also came off the bench to strengthen a much-changed Dons line-up as the visitors tried to avoid a cup upset and the changes paid off when Vernon bundled in a 93rd-minute winner.
Brown said: "The big transformation was when Russell Anderson came on to the pitch. We rested him but he's a brilliant captain.
"Two games a week with the injury problems Russell's had maybe would have been too much, but we needed him and you can see the influence he has on the team.
"I said to Russell, 'I hope we don't have to use you', but we had to use him because he is an inspirational captain.
"His enthusiasm and determination is infectious and if anyone inspired the Aberdeen team it was him.
"We also rested Hughes and we didn't have our full-strength team out. We had no Ryan Fraser, no Gary Naysmith, no Rob Milsom. We were half a dozen short of what might be the best Aberdeen team.
"We saved Hughes and Anderson and we had Ryan Jack sitting there too, a Scotland Under-21 international and a brilliant young player.
"It was not our strongest team, but it was a team that I thought could do the job. "We had to make the changes because we had so many fixtures."
Dunfermline manager Jim Jefferies insisted he could not fault his players despite the defeat.
He said: "Credit to Aberdeen, once they rode their luck they came up with the winner, but it was harsh on our boys because they were magnificent from start to finish and they could not give me anymore."