Date: 26th November 2006 at 3:56pm
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Jimmy Calderwood is denying that Aberdeen should be looking to secure second place in the league this season and warns the fans that there is a very difficult period of fixtures ahead. With the Dons sitting second in the league and Rangers and Hearts having a tough time domestically, Aberdeen fans are daring to dream of playing Europe`s elite next season but the boss is not thinking that far ahead.

He said ‘I’m not thinking about the Champions League at all.

‘I watched Celtic beat Manchester United on Tuesday – that is the only time I have been thinking about it.

‘The supporters probably will be and they will be expecting us to win it as well, but not me. I’m not that daft.

‘We are second at the moment and have a little gap behind us with Inverness and Hearts only drawing,’ he said.

‘But we will get a kick up the backside sooner or later.

‘We have some very difficult games coming up.

‘We have Celtic next week and then Falkirk, who are a very good footballing team, Hearts and Rangers, but we can go into those games with confidence.

‘We are playing well and scoring goals, which we maybe weren’t doing before.’

Jimmy stressed that yesterday`s 0-3 victory over Dunfermline was a bit flattering as this was a hard fought match and two late goals perhaps made the overall outcome look a bit flattering although there is no doubt that Aberdeen deserved all three points.

The Dons made their intentions clear from the start. Scott Severin tried to lob Pars ‘keeper Dorus De Vries from the kick off but the ex-ADO Den Haag player managed to get back and hold his imaginative effort.

The first half provided the 6,501 fans with some decent entertainment. Scott Muirhead was the biggest threat to the away side as he tried to prove a point to his old employers. He forced Langfield into conceding a corner with a blistering drive which the Dons man managed to touch over. Muirhead was then just a little off target from Scott Morrison`s corner when his shot hit the side netting.

Aberdeen replied with some good efforts of their own. Lebonte blocked a good Dempsey effort and De Vries reacted quickly to stop Severin`s header from Nicholson`s free kick but the teams returned to the dressing room tied at 0-0.

With so many players having played for both clubs previously and Dunfermline having new boss Stephen Kenny in charge, this game had more than enough elements to provide the players with extra impotence to win this match without even taking into consideration the impact three points could have for both clubs with regards to their league standing. A win could have moved Dunfermline off bottom spot and the Dons were looking to move free from joint second Rangers.

Fortunately for Aberdeen, a Greg Shields mistake on his 18 yard line gave Lee Miller an opportunity to fire the away side in front in 54 minute and the on form hitman took his chance from 18 yards. It was the break Aberdeen had been looking for but Shield`s mistake will infuriate the new Dunfermline boss.

Stephen Kenny`s team has not taken the lead in any SPL match this season but they showed plenty spirit as they tried to pull level. Daquin had a good chance after he was set up by Crawford and Kenny brought on Hamilton for Muirhead to further boost his attack.

The Dons were trying to counter attack their hosts and nearly had a chance when Foster broke free but his poor touch allowed Shields to stop him in his attempt to seal the match. The healthy traveling Dons support did not have long to wait after that to see their side wrap up the points and again the Pars defence caused their own downfall.

This time it was Scott Wilson`s error that allowed Darren Mackie to fire calmly into the net on 83 minutes from 12 yards. Mackie was only starting because of a late injury to Steve Lovell but he will have again impressed his manager as he took his seasons tally to 7 a couple of minutes later and is currently the clubs top scorer. The Pars had pushed everyone up in the hope of salvaging something from the match but they messed up their free kick and the Dons broke free. Mackie was allowed to run clean through on De Vries and he notched himself his second brace in consecutive matches.

The match was not totally finished though as Langfield made a dreadful error coming for a crossed ball but luckily the chance ended up on the roof of his net and perhaps significantly, the three clear goal victory will keep them second even if Rangers beat Kilmarnock today.

Calderwood was delighted with the result and said after the match, ‘It’s a good result, but Dunfermline made it very difficult for us on a difficult pitch. We got a break and went ahead but we kept losing possession but our finishing was good and we were solid at the back. It wasn’t as comfortable a win as the score suggested.

Darren is on fire at the moment and we certainly deserved the win at the end of the day. Moving back into second keeps the pressure on the chasing pack and sets up a great game for next week.’