Date: 5th August 2007 at 11:03pm
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Aberdeen have the long wait until next Sunday and the visit of Hearts to Pittodrie before they can rights the wrongs of a poor performance at Tannadice. Despite United being down to ten men, the Dons couldn`t score and fundamentally bad defending allowed the home side to nick all three points.

It`s possibly a throwback to last years campaign where Aberdeen squandered points early on in the season as they allowed their opponents to score late goals, mostly due to Jamie Langfield`s inability. Eventually the team turned that deficiency around so hopefully the same can happen again but losing the first game of the season to the Dons historic rivals deeply hurts, especially in the fashion that it happened.

Jimmy Calderwood was in no mood to be protective of the man he had put in place of Russell Anderson for yesterdays match and after grooming him to be Russell`s eventual successor or the past few years, Jimmy knows Andy Considine will have to eradicate the mistakes from his game if he is to emulate his former captain`s standards.

Andrew has got to learn, he made a couple of mistakes last season as well,’ he said after the 1-0 loss.

You wouldn’t get players like David Weir or Stephen McManus making that type of error in the last minute.

It was a schoolboy mistake. But that’s what happens when so many good players performed as badly as they did.’ , Jimmy told the BBC.

On a plus point, Derek Soutar had a good game and prevented The Arabs taking the lead a couple of times with excellent, acrobatic stops as his opposite number 1, Grzegorz Szamotulski, did at the other end so supporters may warm to the idea of him being the number one if he can keep producing vital saves like those.

But all in all, a sad, disappointing start to a season which had lead on from the pinnacle of last term`s last day victory win over Rangers which gave the Aberdeen fans that made up almost half of the 12,496 gate at Tannadice real hope that this year could be something special and whilst that may still become true Jimmy knows the momentum has slumped and the doubters will be back out in force.

He said to Reds Online,’I want to take nothing away from Dundee United, but we had too many players not at the races and they let the supporters down badly, which is something they now have to make up for.’

Doing so against Hearts would certainly go some way to reassuring the record number of season ticket buyers that Jimmy`s first opening day defeat since arriving at Pittodrie was just an off day and much better is to come but the decision not to bring a player in to cope with the departure of Russell Anderson has already cost the team points and there won`t be too more times the diehards will stand by their manager on that subject.