Date: 3rd January 2007 at 10:08am
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Aberdeen started the New Year with a hard earned point at Easter Road that all but the most optimistic Dons fan thinking they fully deserved. Goal line clearances and dodgy kicking by the away sides` ‘keeper were the order of the day in a match that saw 40 year old Craig Brewster come on for his first match in a red shirt.

As in the two previous encounters this season, a 1-1 opening day Easter Road draw and Severin`s last minute winner in October, there was not much to pick between the teams but it`s fair to say that Hibs controlled the first half with Aberdeen having more to contribute attack wise in the second as Lovell dropped back into a five man midfield.

The Dons will be happy with their point but it`s obvious that the first signing Calderwood should make is to secure Russell Anderson long term as the defence was totally transformed from the one which faced Dundee United the previous week and conceded three goals. A clean sheet would not have been possible without his presence against Hibs.

With many players struggling to be fit for the match due to a flu bug, Calderwood was pleased that he was able to play a strong team and despite being not 100% fit, they achieved a result most clubs would be happy with at this ground.

‘We were just happy to get a few players on the park because there is a bug going about and there are a few suffering,’ he said.

I thought Hibs dominated the first half and we never got a shot on goal, but sometimes you have to dig in.

Perhaps we could have nicked it at the end, but we didn’t deserve anything more than a draw.’

The result, although acceptable considering injuries and suspensions and also the form of the hosts, means there is not much breathing space in the league and Rangers` have taken control of second again with their win over Motherwell. Hearts are now only a point behind but it`s the fact that Hibs have not gained any ground on the Dons that pleases Craig Brewster.

The debut boy said ‘On their day, Hibs are as good as anybody in the country.

‘They have proved it and shown it on a number of occasions this season.

‘Some of the football they play is terrific and if you can cut their chances out, it really helps.

‘I feel we did it to an extent. Chris Killen is a handful up front but we restricted him and Richard Foster did fantastically well against Ivan Sproule.

‘On the whole, we were pretty solid without creating too much ourselves and we have to be reasonably happy with a point.’

As a replacement for Lee Miller after 62 minutes, Brewster’s role in the draw was a vital one.

Despite his last competitive fixture being for Dundee United in September, Brewster brought a calm to the front line.

He added: ‘I enjoyed it and it was certainly nice to be back. I wasn’t nervous when I came on. If anything, I was excited to be playing again.

‘It is always good to be involved when a game is as tight as this one was and I was just delighted to be part of it.

‘I got a good touch right away and I felt quite good as time went on. The older you get, the more you learn and I hope my experience helped.

‘The manager brought me to Aberdeen so if the likes of Lee were to be injured, he can put on somebody with a bit of presence.

‘I felt good when I came on and, hopefully, I made a contribution. When I found myself out of football, I kept myself in shape in case I got the chance to play again.

‘I felt that might be my only option. I generally work hard anyway and I still feel decent.’

Whether Brewster plays beyond the end of the season, for Aberdeen or elsewhere, remains to be seen.

His contract at Pittodrie expires in the summer, but he refuses to set a retirement date.

Brewster said: ‘It is nice to be part of a dressing-room again, particularly a winning one, and it would be good to keep going on.

‘But it doesn’t matter whether you are 16 or 40. If you are good enough, you will always get a chance to play.

‘You have got to believe in your ability and as long as I am feeling fit, as I am just now, there is no reason for me not to continue.’