ABERDEEN manager Craig Brown was hugely impressed with striker Chris Maguire's contribution during his side's New Year's Day draw with Dundee United.
The 21-year-old opened the scoring for the Dons when he raced on to Keith Watson's short backpass and kept his composure to round Dusan Pernis before rolling the ball into the empty net.
Brown said: "Chris was excellent - we don't always agree with who the sponsors choose for man of the match but I think we would have to agree that Chris Maguire, in the free role we gave him up front, was superb. His goal was the essence of maturity and coolness. For a young lad to round the goalkeeper like that was excellent."
Former Scotland manager Brown was most pleased with Maguire's willingness to work on the defensive side of his game.
He said: "Every player has to work when the other team has the ball. Chris did an important job for us when United had possession. It is a job that goes unnoticed but it is a very valuable one.
"We compliment Maguire for what he did with the ball but when he didn't have the ball he was back putting pressure on their sitting midfield player to allow Hartley and Jack to pick up Gomis and Buaben. I thought Chris' contribution and discipline was superb."