Dons Back On Track With 5-0 Win

Last updated : 19 February 2011 By Stand Free Ed

IF THE honeymoon is over, then Craig Brown has started married life with Aberdeen FC superbly by arriving home, doing the dishes and hoovering, preparing steak and chips then heading to the bedroom for an evening of fun.

That brutally waterboarded metaphor is trying to explain that Aberdeen shook off their period of poor performances following the CIS Cup semi-final with a comfortable, comprehensive and colourful 5-0 defeat of fourth-placed Kilmarnock at Pittodrie today.

Scott Vernon got back on the scoresheet with his 14th of the season after a relatively dry spell - and it is surely no coincidence that Vernon played better without similar player Nick Blackman on the pitch.

His goal was set up by Ryan Jack who had another excellent game, and credit must go to boss Brown for realising that the formation utilised in recent weeks was not working and with Jack on the right and Vernon and Chris Maguire up front the team was much better-balanced.

This was also aided by the return of Rob Milsom, whose calm presence in midfield has been sorely missed during his injury lay-off.

Sone Aluko made it 2-0 and two goals in two games since his own return from injury, with the Anglo-Nigerian again showing glimpses of his best form.

Yet again there was no consistency from SPL referees - Fraser Wright should have seen red when denying a clear goalscoring opportunity to Maguire in the 60th minute when two weeks ago Aberdeen were left to face Celtic with 10 men for 85 minutes when Andrew Considine was sent off in much more dubious circumstances.

Regardless, Bebo picked himself up and stroked home the penalty to make it 3-0 the Dons.

Rory McArdle also returned for the Dons and added a fourth with 20 minutes to go after a corner kick was played back across goal by Vernon.

Current fans' cult hero, Josh Magennis came off the bench to add a fifth and his first league goal for the Dons after more terrible defending from Kilmarnock.

Under-fire Reds, Jamie Langfield and Zander Diamond will be happy with a sixth clean sheet in 12 games under Brown.

All in all it was an excellent afternoon and with the Dons now 12 points clear of bottom club Hamilton, it is now surely time to stop looking down the league and see how high Craig and Archie's Reds can get this season.