Date: 16th July 2007 at 11:39am
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Jimmy Calderwood was far from delighted with his sides 3-0 win at Buckie Thistle yesterday afternoon and knows his boys are capable of so much more which they will have to prove in the Egypt tournament which they fly out to today.

With competition for places higher than it`s ever been during Calderwood`s Pittodrie reign, Jimmy named a team completely changed from the Cove Rangers victory besides Karim Touzani who again started although at right back this time which may point to the management thinking that he could be Russell Anderson`s replacement and want to see him in action as much as possible.

The most surprising but promised name in the line up was that of Jamie Langfield although he was never given the opportunity to show his manager why he should again be number 1 as the Dons controlled the match from start to finish.

Langfield was not the only player out there yesterday with something to prove. He was joined in those stakes by Arafath Heuvel who is aiming to win a pro contract at the club and done himself no harm by getting quality balls into the box and linking well with the strikers but with cover for every position no at the club, every player knew they had to shine.

Dan Smith was another who`d like to prove he is worthy of staying at the club and he got his chance yesterday when he lined up in young defence alongside Zander Diamond and Andrew Considine. The fact that Langfield had nothing to do all day is testament to their performance and Smith will have impressed going forward to support the midfielders and strikers who were Brewster and Mackie on the day.

Aberdeen were led out wearing again the new black and yellow 3rd strip by Chris Clark who was captain for the day and he was joined in the centre of midfield by Barry Nicholson to provide the engine room in another of Calderwood’s experiments.

3,000 saw the Dons win comfortably with a Brewster double and a Darren Mackie finish from Ricky Foster`s cross from the right wing but it wasn`t enough to impress the manager who will still be hoping his first team selection becomes more obvious as the pre-season continues because as it is just now, there is not one single player who can be guaranteed a starting shirt for the 4th of August visit to Dundee United.

Jimmy told the Daily Record how he felt the performance went in relation to his sides SPL preparation.

e said ‘It was a satisfactory performance, we did all right but not nearly as good as we did in our win at Cove and I wasn’t as pleased.

We won comfortably enough but didn’t produce the fluent football that we are capable of. You can blame the pitch for that. It was extremely difficult to get the pace of our game up to the expected standard because the grass was so long.

The ball kept sticking under our players’ feet and they couldn’t get away from their man.

Their workrate was fine but we couldn’t get our passing game going at any stage and we should have scored more goals.

But they are ready to take the next step and the standard of team competing in Egypt will certainly be much higher.’

Aberdeen Team

angfield, Touzani (Severin), D. Smith (Mair), Nicholson (Maguire), Diamond, Considine, Foster, Clark, Brewster (de Visscher), Mackie, Heuvel (Lovell).