Date: 13th July 2007 at 12:53am
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Aberdeen kicked off their pre-season with an expected comfortable win, a least on paper that is. Cove Rangers gave their professional opponents no respect and a few of the first team will be heading off to the physio asap.

With Jimmy Calderwood telling the press that Aberdeen don`t play friendlies and that he wanted his team to be fired up for this match as well as laying down the gauntlet for each man to win their place in his SPL starting eleven, he may well have spurred on the Cove boys too as they came out looking to cause a serious dent in Calderwood`s plans for progression.

It was a full first eleven that made the short journey for John Brown`s testimonial and the first chance to see Jackie McNamara, Lee Mair and already the fans favourite Jeffrey De Visscher in action but not yet in the famous red as they ran out wearing the new black and gold 3rd shirt.

This match, as all the pre-season will be, was about players proving their worth in the squad and to the manager as he experiments with formations and positions.

The team tonight lined up with Lee Mair debuting at left back and Jackie McNamara making his in the other full back slot with the two surprise centre half`s being Karim Touzani and regular right back, Michael Hart.

The done well as they protected new Dons number one Derek Soutar from the Cove threat but were helped with the new centre midfield partnership of Scott Severin and bizarrely Jamie Smith who combined to allow Chris Maguire and De Visscher room to motor down the wings with the intention of slinging balls into the pretty much fledgling partnership of Lee Miller and Steve Lovell.

All went to plan, the Dons scored 5, the new boys done well, notably De Visscher with a goal and an assist and the striking partnership of Miller and Lovell hit 3 between them after hot teenage prospect Chris Maguire had put the visitors ahead in 19 minutes.

And of course testimonial man John Brown got his token goal from a dodgy penalty.

Jimmy Calderwood gave his view after the match which will have let him see who has the hunger and drive to be an ever present on his team sheet when it all kicks off again for real.

He said ‘I was pleased with the spirit of the squad. There was good passing and good movement. Jeffrey did well for his first match in Scotland. He is a clever player and knows the game.’

immy has promised that the guys who didn’t start tonight will be on the team sheet to face Buckie Thistle and that will include Jamie Langfield apparently as well as the likes of Darren Mackie, Zander Diamond, Dan Smith, Craig Brewster, Chris Clark, Andy Considine and Barry Nicholson which shows that Jimmy now has his strongest squad yet and one which will offer him plenty of options to tinker with.

Soutar, McNamara, Mair, Touzani (Nicholson), Hart, Maguire (D. Smith), J Smith, Severin (Diamond), De Visscher (Clark), Lovell, Miller.

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