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Draw is a 'sign of Aberdeen progress' - Craig Brown

Marian Kello saves from a Rory McArdle header
Marian Kello denied Aberdeen with several good saves

Craig Brown thinks the goalless draw with Hearts is proof that Aberdeen have improved greatly since he and assistant Archie Knox arrived at Pittodrie.

The Dons were thrashed 5-0 away to Hearts only days after Brown succeeded Mark McGhee as manager in December.

"When you are disappointed at getting a draw with a team hoping to move up into second in the league, you have come a long way," Brown told BBC Scotland.

"And against Hearts it was very rewarding to get a comfortable draw."

Brown thought his side had the better of the play but would not go as far to say that they had deserved to win.

"I think we had enough of the ball and enough chances to win the game," he said.

"We didn't take the chances, of course. And, when you have more corner kicks, more possession, you feel like you deserved to win the game.

We do pass the ball very well and we are trying to encourage them to do that

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown

"But, if you don't score, you don't deserve to win the game."

Aberdeen have not conceded a goal in 270 minutes of football during which they also hammered Kilmarnock 5-0 and beat Hamilton thanks to a single goal.

"Three clean sheets in a row against reasonably difficult teams, so that's the most pleasing aspect," said Brown.

"The goalkeeping was excellent and the men in front of him are doing their job.

"We have to score, of course, to win matches and hopefully we will do that.

"We should maybe have saved some of the goals from last Saturday."

Hearts' Marian Kello denied the Dons with several good saves, but Brown also praised his own goalkeeper.

"Kello had a particularly good save at the end when Nick Blackman hit a left-footer that looked destined for the net," said Brown.

"But so did Jamie Langfield. He had a couple of very good saves, one from Skacel at the start of the second half.

"The play I think was good - quite an absorbing game. Although there were no goals, there were plenty of incidents and a lot of good football.

"We do pass the ball very well and we are trying to encourage them to do that.

"That was one of the deficiencies when we came here, lack of possession of the ball.

"This pitch does not help greatly to keep the ball comfortably, but they are becoming more assured and certain about possession of the football."

Aberdeen now do not have a scheduled home game until March.

"We have five away matches in succession and we have had some good away performances and results since we came here," added Brown.

"So hopefully we can continue in that vein and pick up points in four away league games and one away Scottish Cup tie."

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Aberdeen 0-0 Hearts
26 Feb 11 |  Scottish Premier

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