Date: 1st October 2007 at 8:50am
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Aberdeen`s first home victory of the season will act as an essential springboard for the Dnipro match. Two quickfire goals, one a looping Diamond header and the other a fabulous solo effort from Jamie Smith where he charged down a Gretna punt in his own half before running to the Gretna box and curling the ball past Fleming to all but secure the points.

It`s been a highly testing opening to the SPL for Aberdeen but the signs are the players are now getting back to the standard they produced last season. Importantly, another clean sheet was kept, something Derek Soutar never managed to do, which shows the added confidence as well as ability Jamie Langfield brings to the team.

With a run of games against the less illustrious sides in the league, Aberdeen can expect more points on the board and begin their ascent up the table but there is the small matter of the Dnipro showdown that could see the Dons in the much coveted UEFA group stages where big names and big money lie.

But Jimmy is worried that having had so many matches already this season, his boys are knackered.

He told Reds Online ‘I thought we started the game very strongly and we were playing good one and two-touch football,’.

‘We then got a little bit sloppy in the last 15 minutes of the first half with our passing and we warned the players about that at half-time.

‘This was our fourth match in nine days and we just ran out of legs.’

Fair enough, a lot had gone into the Dnipro, Rangers and Partick Thistle matches but with no game till Thursday night`s Ukranian showdown the players can take it easy and ready themselves for one of the biggest and most important matches involving Aberdeen in years.

Staaaaaand Free!!