Date: 22nd November 2006 at 12:41am
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Jimmy Calderwood wants more. His are second top of the league, have just won four games at home in a row and his teams` injury worries have dried up. Jimmy Calderwood still wants more. He knows big prizes are there to be won this season.

He is not happy with the performance that earned a tough 2-0 victory over Paisley`s finest at the weekend. He has blamed tiredness from training on soft, wet pitches all week but does admit that the St Mirren match is a game, that, a couple of years ago, his side would probably not have taken all three points in.

He said: ‘I am obsessed with performances but sometimes you just have to admire the character of the side to get the win when they are not playing well.

‘I am always really critical and I sometimes need other people to give me a different perspective on a game. I felt we didn’t play well on Saturday and our passing was poor but I spoke to Willie Miller after the game and he felt it was a great victory for us.

‘Willie argued it was a game we never looked in danger of losing and, even if it was a tired effort, the important factor was winning. He felt in the last two seasons it was the sort of game which we wouldn’t have won and he’s right.’

The question for Jimmy now is, with all the other teams in league being so inconsistent and with the Dons winning but not even having to play well to do so, how high can Aberdeen finish this season once they get playing the good football they are capable of?

Hearts seem to be on a Kamikaze run and seem intent on self destruction. They still have good players but nobody knows from one day to the next what revelations or madness will transpire from Tynecastle. It must be safe to assume that they cannot be in the right frame of mind to mount a consistent challenge anymore. A match for anyone on their day, a squad of international players always should be under any circumstances but recent results and performances have not been good and the strain is clearly starting find it`s way onto the pitch with the players.

Rangers are certainly not at their usual standard and do not know their best first eleven or even formation and certainly not their best goalkeeper. They are led by a manager who knows his continental football but has not yet figured a system that grinds out 1-0 victories for his team in the same way that his predecessors did. Any serious challenge is built on those results and right now, his team do seem incapable of denying the opposition at least a goal whilst his strikers cannot notch the strikes at the other end that would dig their un-authorative defenders out of the hole they usually dig the team into.

Calderwood has urged his players to savour their league position and the must believe that they deserve to be there. ‘It is a different sort of pressure for the players. Now they are joint second with Rangers I keep telling them to enjoy this feeling.

‘When you are down in the bottom half of the table and the club stands to lose millions if relegated, you find yourself looking over your shoulder after every game. That is real pressure”, stated the manager.

Aberdeen have not had their troubles to seek in the past ten years and these clubs, Rangers and Hearts, have been involved in challenges for titles and European places whilst the Dons were battling relegation. It`s hard to imagine much sympathy coming from the ‘Gers camp or the boys in maroon when the Dons were struggling.

Hopefully Aberdeen can take advantage of the situations their challengers for second find themselves in and take some points off them during a tough run for the Dons when they will play them both plus Celtic during December.

Under the current climate, Jimmy Calderwood must believe second place is Aberdeen`s for the taking this season as it`s hard to imagine a season where these clubs will again be in so much turmoil and leave it so open for someone to drive on and claim the Champions league position from under their expectant noses.

By Cole Thomson.