Dundee have narrowed the gap on second-bottom St Mirren to eight points with three games to play, prompting Brown to publicly question whether Danny Lennon's side had the heart for the fight. McAusland laughed off the attempt at mind games but understood where Brown was coming from.
"It’s good management, I suppose from his point of view," said the St Mirren defender. “He needs to do everything he can to get a reaction. It’s annoying, but I also think it’s fair play, to be honest.
His remarkable record in prolonging Dundee's stay in the top division this season, a chain of results that helped him be voted the Clydesdale Bank Premier League manager for the month of April, has been accompanied by a raft of incendiary, taunting comments about his rivals.
It may just be a coincidence that Dundee have embarked on a winning streak since Brown started questioning the mental strength of opposing teams, chairmen, managers and players but as long as things continue in a positive vein, there's little chance of him changing tack in the weeks ahead.