Date: 6th March 2007 at 5:41pm
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Although Aberdeen are challenging for a European Champions League place, they find themselves in the bizarre situation of having less people turn up at Pittodrie on matchday than even in previous years when the team was floundering.

Nobody can quite put a finger on exactly why but some suggest Calderwood’s style of play is unattractive and negative.

Calderwood is quick to refute that and insists that, ‘We are a team who always go out to entertain the fans.

‘Just look back at our game against Kilmarnock at Christmas. We were magnificent and could have won 9-0 or 10-0. We were unbelievable that day.

‘People complain we score too many goals late on. If we scored a goal in the opening minute and won 1-0, would that be better? Would the moaners rather we lost a game but were still entertaining?

‘Due to our progress and league position, a few teams come here to sit in and play for a point which makes it difficult to play the kind of football the supporters want.

‘It’s always about results at this stage of the season but any manager would say they would like to win and entertain at the same time.

‘However, if you are not playing well you have to be able to dig out results and I believe we are capable of doing both nowadays.

‘We still have to learn how to come back for victory against the bigger teams but we are a hard team to peg back once we get our noses in front.

‘Aberdeen are third in the league on merit and in with a strong chance of a European place which is a fair effort.’