Date: 24th December 2006 at 8:14am
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Jimmy Calderwood will not dwell on Aberdeen`s defeat at home to Rangers and will instead build towards Tuesday`s Boxing Day match when Kilmarnock come to the Granite City.

Calderwood said after yesterdays 2-1 defeat, in the second half I thought we were better but we just didn’t get any clear cut chances. It’s disappointing not to take something from the game especially as we had a full house. We really wanted our fans to go home happy today. We have a chance to put it right on Tuesday against Kilmarnock so hopefully we get a good attendance then as well.

In a match where the Dons hit the post twice and lost two poor goals, one being a wicked miss-hit, Jimmy will know that defeat in this match is not a true reflection of the passage of play. Aberdeen had the chances to win and although possession of the ball was fairly even, it was the Dons who had the best chances in the match.

Darren Mackie and his strike partner Lee Miller hit the same post in the first half and had those gone in, the outcome would likely have been more positive for the home side. Rangers had scored two badly defended goals between those efforts which left Calderwood with a lot of work to do as his side went in at half time 2-0 down.

In a frantic 100mph match, no prisoners were taken but the Dons began to take control in the second half with Rangers clearly looking to sit on their lead.

They had chances in the match and Calderwood was probably correct when he went on to say that luck had deserted his side today although they did score a late goal through substitute Steve Lovell in 84 minutes to at least give the capacity home crowd something to cheer but it was just too late as Rangers professionally wasted time to win.

The Aberdeen manager gave his synopsis after the match when he said,’I thought we started poorly football wise but I thought our attitude was spot on. We battled well but did not have any composure on the ball. We gave away two sloppy goals and did not get the breaks ourselves. We hit the post twice in the first half, once after a great run by Mackie but unfortunately his shot did not go in and another time when Miller got himself into a good position.

‘We know we can play better but the commitment was there from the players and they worked hard – nearly snatching a point at the end.

Jamie Smith was brought off as he hurt his groin in the first half. Our medical staff will asses him over the coming days and see how he is.’

Smith will miss the Kilmarnock match which Jimmy`s side go into with a bloody nose but he knows there is plenty fight left in his side yet as they look to secure European football next season.

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