Brown Backs Big Vern

DONS boss Craig Brown praised striker Scott Vernon for battling through illness to score twice for the Dons as they defeated St Mirren in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Brown revealed that the former Colchester United player had lost half a stone in the days leading up to the match due to a stomach bug, but declared himself fit this morning and played a vital role by scoring both goals in the 2-0 victory.

Brown was delighted with the contribution of Vernon, who has now hit the back of the net 12 times this season. The Dons manager said: "We thought he might manage a half or an hour but such is his determination he played the entire match.

"It is a similar illness to what Nick Blackman, our new signing, has so we thought we were going to have two strikers missing for the match.

"We suspected Blackman wouldn't make it so we were very keen that Vernon would play.

"Since Archie Knox and I came here Vernon has been sensational in terms of his scoring. He just about scores a vital goal every game for us.

"He is a smashing boy who is absolutely great to work with and fully committed to the cause."

Source: PA

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Source: PA