Date: 13th March 2007 at 12:29am
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Aberdeen`s season will be put on the guillotine tomorrow against Motherwell. Win and they can go into the Rangers match only 4 points behind, lose and lose again at Ibrox come Saturday and the Euro dream is over with Rangers being 10 points ahead after those eventualities.

But there is no negative views coming out of Pittodrie. The camp is buoyant after the narrow one nil win over their other Euro rivals Hearts. The scoreline perhaps does not show the real story which had Aberdeen dominating the game, the stats show 58% possession, against a team who had 5 players yellow carded and Laryea Kingston shown the card twice in a bizarre race hate claim row with the referee.

oss Jimmy Calderwood was able to overlook the shocking state of the pitch and the inability or wish to play football by the days` opponents to look on the positives of the match.

immy said, “I thought we dominated for most of the game and Langfield did not really have a save to make. Gordon had a few good saves for Hearts which meant it was tight going into the last five minutes but we were solid at the back and the boys worked hard to close them down all over the park.

The focus is now on Tuesday night and our game with Motherwell. It is going to be a tough game but we will be ready for it. We have given ourselves a bit of breathing space from Hearts but we need to keep it going and chase Rangers for second.

hilst Hearts never troubled Langfield, Craig Gordon never had the luxury of taking it easy between the posts and showed he`d regained his international class with saves from Brewster, Nicholson and Brewster.

he only effort he couldn`t prevent proved to be the winner and it shows how well Steve Lovell hit his 7th minute, first time effort from 15 yards. Barry Nicholson slipped a perfectly weighted ball inside left back Lee Wallace for Lovell to run onto. He surprised the defender by unleashing a stunning shot that flew across Gordon and as it turned out, give Aberdeen the three points.

immy Calderwood will surely be proved correct in his pre-match assumption that Hearts are no the same force that they were at the beginning of the season and their fans must be becoming tired of the chaos that surrounds the club. Craig Gordon, the only jewel left in the Hearts crown made the valid point that he is the only player in Saturday`s team with a squad number less than 20. Tomas Kancelsku was the highest at 46 which shows the unsettled nature of the first team which is clearly not helping anyone.

berdeen did however beat a major rival and still have much to play for which they look like doing until the very end. The Motherwell match is now the next cup final sized hurdle and one in which the Dons must clear if the Rangers match is to remain as significant.