Date: 21st January 2007 at 10:36pm
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In a New Year that has not saw an Aberdeen win, we were finally given a bit of good fortune when the inspectors called of our match against Motherwell.

The team would have gone into this game completely under strength and tired from their exertions against Hibs less than 40 hours previously. Jimmy Calderwood would have had to have used all his motivational skills to try and bring a badly defeated and wounded team to life. A hard job considering they have been flat since the victory over Kilmarnock on Boxing Day and the squad has now been further decimated with injuries and the effects of the flu epidemic still lingering.

Jimmy will be glad the match was called off, no doubt about it. It was farcical to make Aberdeen play in that short period anyway and especially after such an important match where the players would have to have given everything to the cause.

ustice was done in the end but hopefully all concerned will learn from the silly laws that forced the game to be scheduled this soon after an important cup tie and every team will be given a realistic period to prepare for a match. Even Hibs, who had a day longer to prepare, were obviously still tired after their 3-0 humping away to Caley today in what was a very surprising result considering their recent form.

Aberdeen would certainly have suffered had this match gone ahead, with the team challenging for European places and with their competitors so close in the league, every match will now be vital and fit, fresh players who have energy to chase and challenge every ball will make all the difference.

Fans must also be taken into account. How acceptable is it for fans to travel long distances to follow their team and spend alot of money doing so? Many will also put pressure on their family life and jobs. It’s unacceptable and all concerned should be very ashamed.

So now Jimmy has a week to rally his troops before the away match at St Mirren next Saturday. There is alot of work to be done. He must rebuild morale quickly and decide which players must be rested to try and find their spark again. Calderwood knows the challenge ahead, his team have dropped to fourth in league and are out of both cups. His team is the walking wounded and his main rivals for the 2nd Champions League spot, Rangers, seem to be on a high following the arrival of Scotland walkout Walter Smith.

immy has no money to strengthen and never before in his Aberdeen managerial career have the fans been more important. Good, loyal suppport could really lift the team and help them through this tough period and drive them on. There is still an awful lot the Dons can achieve this season and we must believe that the team can pick themselves up and go on another great run and who knows where we could be following the Dons next season.