Date: 7th May 2007 at 10:35pm
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The Dons left Tynecastle with a point I`m quite sure they`d have taken if offered it before the match. It keeps them four points ahead of Sunday`s opponents with only six to play for and Aberdeen are also five goals better off than Hearts.

It`s not an unassailable lead by any means. The Jambos are well capable of beating Hibs and Kilmarnock comfortably in their remaining games and clawing back the points and make up the goals.

The important factor about the 1-1 result was that Hearts made up no ground and are running out of time to do so and although Aberdeen can take nothing for granted in their matches against Celtic and Rangers, it`s reassuring that Hearts too have their greatest rivals Hibs still to play.

The Dons did put on a performance of real quality, especially in the first half and their never say die attitude was once again the reason they didn`t lose this match with Barry Nicholson`s goal coming on ninety minutes.

Jimmy Calderwood was happy with the result and felt it was very well merited but couldn`t believe his team were so close to defeat.

He said ‘I was so disappointed at half time, as we had created so many chances.

I can’t believe we were getting beaten. It was a sloppy goal from our point of view.

There are times when you play football and times you shouldn’t and that was a time not to play football.’

immy`s team have just about claimed the last much coveted UEFA Cup spot and he knows what it has taken by everyone involved with the club to achieve 3rd in the league and European nights again for the first time in five years.

It would be the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of good people.

We’ve taken things on every year and this is our highest total, 62 points.

I’m not being big-headed but I think we deserve it. We’ve been up there all season. All credit to Hearts, they’ve fought back and kept it tight”.

ons goal scorer Barry Nicholson was naturally very happy to get the late point and demonstrated this by whipping his shirt off, a move that earned him his second yellow of the day which rules him out of the Celtic match.

arry spoke of what it meant to have left Gorgie with a point after it looked like Hearts would be closing the gap to only one point but is less impressed with his sending off.

It could be a massive point for us, although we are not there yet”.

It was probably the best we have played all season in the first half and I thought we were unlucky to be behind.

The goal could prove vital, but it’s not over yet and there are still enough points left for Hearts to overtake us.’

I am delighted with the goal, it is a stupid rule, but they are there, it’s daft on my part,’ he said.

I went to put my shirt back on, but the referee saw I had taken it off and he had no choice.

The referee actually came in before and said ‘don’t take your shirt off if you score’.

If you score a goal in the last minute to get a point, you are obviously going to go a bit crazy.

It’s a daft rule, but we knew about it and it’s probably silly on my part.’

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