Date: 8th August 2007 at 1:52pm
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It will in all likelihood be a changed Aberdeen starting eleven that faces Hearts on Sunday as Calderwood tries to get the team over the disappointing slump that was the opening day defeat at Tannadice.

The result could have been so different had United`s Polish ‘keeper not made the save of the season to deny Barry Nicholson a goal from his perfectly directed header and had Steve Lovell shown more composure when he lined up his shot from the edge of the box before screwing it wide.

As it was tough, United were probably the better team even having only ten men but changes will be rung in the hope that the guys on the sidelines last Saturday can come in and make a positive impact to get the Dons some points on the board.

Jimmy Calderwood is already plotting the downfall of last season`s fourth placed team but he wants to do so with a cool head as his mind is still harking back to the dismal United match.

He told Reds Online. ‘I’ll need to calm down a little bit first before making any detailed plans for the Hearts game,’ said Calderwood.

‘Sandy was at their game against Hibs at Tynecastle on Monday night.

‘I also watched it on television so we’ve got a good idea of what to expect.

‘But I’m at least in a position where I can make changes if I want to.

‘Karim Touzani was left in the stand alongside Craig Brewster while Zander Diamond was among the substitutes and they were all disappointed.

‘Derek Young will also be available after an ankle problem.

‘I have got options while the other lads who were left on the bench are desperate to be involved at the weekend.’

Lovell tried to explain the reasons for the defeat but like Calderwood, he was unable to put his finger on it

‘We thought we would be able to get our spare man on to the ball when they were reduced to 10.

‘Maybe the sending off worked against us as things just didn’t happen.

‘It’s important we pick ourselves up, regroup and get ready for the Hearts game.’

‘I don’t feel I made enough of an impact when I came on against United.

‘It was tough going and I was disappointed I didn’t start.

‘I got the chance at half-time but let myself down.

‘I did manage to carve out one chance but knew I hadn’t scored as soon as I connected with it.

‘I should have done a lot better”.


You`re not the only one Steve.