Date: 25th September 2007 at 12:23am
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It`s a sickener to see that when you log into the Vital homepage and go to click on Aberdeen on the Clydesdale Bank League you can`t because Aberdeen have amassed the ridiculous amount of five points from a possible twenty one which puts them in the bottom six.

After seven games the Dons sit tenth with a minus of six goals and below perennial basement battlers St Mirren, Falkirk and Motherwell.

It`s all been grim up north alright so far but is there a slight amount of daylight ahead?

A victory over Thistle on Wednesday night would hopefully set us up for a cup run with three all SPL ties going ahead in this round. A little bit of luck and a trip to Hampden could be welcome journey. If the draw is uncharacteristically kind for once.

But going to Firhill last season in this round last year wasn`t a joyous occasion when the team recorded what was regarded by many as their worst ever defeat as they lost to Billy Stark`s Queen`s Park on penalties. Avoiding a scenario like that again would be cause for celebration enough but let`s look on the optimistic side.

Having played all the SPL “Big Boys” already, the Dons lost narrowly to United and Motherwell and in both games the results could easily have been reversed in our favour. Now that stubborn Jimmy has seen sense and re-instated the least worse ‘keeper at the club, the team is at least going to stand a chance of not conceding a goal with Hollow Man on the bench where he belongs.

Zander and Considine will get better and Ricky Foster got a start on Sunday after his undeserved exile. McNamara should get moved to the holding role allowing Seve to unleash his formidable shooting on the unlucky goal line guardians of the SPL.

And luckily for Aberdeen, the ‘keeper next in line happens to play for Gretna. The ones after that St. Mirren, Inverness then Falkirk.

Got to be points in the bag after those games, a minimum of ten or the chants for “Jimmy Out” will really gain some momentum.

The Dons have shown they can compete with the Old Firm for 45 minutes but as you`d expect from teams with almost half the country backing each, they are simply able to harbour too much strength in-depth and can bring on fresh, quality players to give our spent boys a final pummelling.

But draws against Hearts and Hibs could easily be turned into victories with a bit more shooting practice which was also what let the team down against a Motherwell team who converted any chances they had.

It`s been a dismal start to a season that in the beginning had Dons fans from all over the world champing at the bit to get started and it has been a mega let down. But it`s only just begun, only seven games have been played. Still two domestic cups to go for and don`t write us off against Dnipro, we only need Michael Hart to send in one quality cross for someone to get their nut on the end of and we could be into the hallowed group stages.

TV deals, players wanting to join the club, great teams and players from all over Europe coming to Pittodrie for those special, dark, cold, floodlight midweek games where the Partizan crowd cheers every kick from the men in red.

OK, I`ll stop dreaming, Michael Hart is never sending a quality ball in is he?