After morale sapping poor results against the SPL big boys, Aberdeen now have a run of matches where victories should and have to be the only outcome.
Jimmy Calderwood ‘We are still trying to find the form we know we have got. This is our fourth game in nine days with a depleted squad, but people will expect us to win to build momentum before the Uefa Cup second-leg match at Dnipro next Thursday.
‘Our league results have been disappointing but we have a chance to improve our league placing. Last night was the first game of four in 12 days and we have done the first part in reaching the quarter-finals. If we can win our two league matches and beat Dnipro then we have a lot of exciting games ahead.’Scott Severin to Red Web’ Gretna are going to be tough opposition. They’ll be on a high after last weekend, their first SPL win, so they’ll believe they can come here and get a result. But if we want to achieve anything this season, we need to get motoring and get ourselves off on a wee run. That would put everyone in a very different frame of mind. There’s not a whole lot wrong that a good result wouldn’t put right, so hopefully, that result can come this afternoon.’
Derek Young to Red Web: This is a big week for us, we’re looking at the next four or five games as ones we need to win, we can’t be drawing or losing these if we want to get things moving. We need to start picking up league points. I think it’s a wee bit of a false situation that we’re in, the early fixtures haven’t been that kind to us, and we’re a better side than we’re showing at the moment. Everybody is beating everybody else at the minute so there isn’t a huge gap at the minute and if we could win three or four games on the spin, we’ll be right back in the mix. It’s a big challenge but hopefully we can have a right good go at it and by this time next month, things will look very different.’
Jamie Langfield to Reds Online: ‘It’s important to follow up the Partick victory with another win against Gretna on Saturday.
‘They will be tricky opponents and full of confidence after beating Dundee United for their first SPL win. But we’re at home and the onus is on us to win.’
Aberdeen FC Team News:
Hopefully Steve Lovell is given the nod to play after apparently recovering from his cold and it’s a fair trade to have lost the non-essential talents of Karim Touzani and Derek Soutar with the same virus. Jackie McNamara and Sone Aluko will also miss the match however but Darren Mackie should at least feature on the bench.
Dons Squad:-Langfield, Hart, McNamara, Considine, Diamond, Severin, Nicholson, Clark, Foster, Young, Jamie Smith, De Visscher, Maguire, Miller, Kelly, Dan Smith, Mair, Jonathan Smith.
Player to watch: Jamie Langfield
The big ‘keeper is hoping that his fine displays since being re-instated will help earn him a new contract and with Derek Soutar out of the Gretna match, big Clangers has another guaranteed 90 to state his case. It’s likely Gretna will concede so what Langfield does at the other end could be the difference.
Gretna FC Team News:
Gretna will be without Abdul Osman, Ryan McGuffie and Martin Canning through injuries.
Player to watch: David Cowan
The defender motored forward twice last week to nick in at the back post to net two against Dundee United. Ricky Foster or whoever is at left back for the Dons had better be aware of his forays up top.
Match Facts & Stats
First time the teams have met which means both teams would like to record a historic victory.
William Collum is in charge of the fixture and the secondary school teacher is a tee-total, running addict who loves U2. Friendly banter seems unlikely from the referee who says of his ambitions ‘To try and achieve as much as possible in refereeing. By continuing to work hard at my game and learning all of the time’.
A seat beside him at the end of year dance is to be avoided.
The Dons host Falkirk in another must win encounter.