Date: 21st March 2009 at 12:09pm
Written by:

Manger Jimmy Calderwood spoke to the Evening Express:

“All I can really say to the fans is sorry, but I don`t think that will be enough to ease their anger,” he said.
“They turned out in force to back us and we let them down big time.
“They paid good money so they have a right to display their anger in whatever way they choose, we are hardly in the position to complain.
“It`s very difficult to put how I`m feeling today into words.“

Calderwood was right, this apology is not enough to ease many fans anger. A similar apology was made to fans after the Queen`s Park and Queen of the South games. What makes this match so hard to take is the lessons have not been learned form before.

When asked if he thinks the present group of players have it in them to ever take Aberdeen to a cup final, Calderwood replied:
“They definitely have it in them, they showed that by beating Celtic and some great sides in Europe last season.”

The question is does he really believe that? Many Aberdeen supporters won`t. They have two great chances to make the final, infact, as a route to the final you couldn`t ask for much better (no disrespect to the following) than: Alloa, East Fife, Dunfermline and Falkirk. The bottle is clearly not there. And on a technicality we did not beat “SOME great sides in Europe last season”, we beat one team- Copenhagen.

Bottle is something Richard Foster spoke of in the Evening express:

The introduction read: “RICHARD Foster insists Aberdeen have the bottle to win the battle for third place in the SPL.”

Foster was then quoted as saying:
“To finish third in a season in the league takes more bottle than to play these games in the cup.
You have to be consistent throughout the whole year and these games are just a one-off.”

Surely though, there are massive contradictions in what Foster is saying: Aberdeen will have the bottle to finish third. Finishing third takes more bottle than Cup games……. Surely then if they don`t have the bottle for a cup game, (see Wednesday) they DON`T have the bottle to finish third, as Foster is claiming? It makes for infuriating reading, the man who bottled his penalty having the nerve to talk of having bottle the next day in the paper.

Duncan Shearer spoke to the EE also, and he saw that Aberdeen now needed to cement a place in Europe, to avoid further fury from the fans:

‘All you can do is go on to the next game and just try to put it right straight away.
“They have got themselves into a good position in the league.
“But it`s going to take more than a good result for Aberdeen fans to get over this one.
“They are going to have to really go and seal that European spot.
“They need to at least bring European football back to Pittodrie next season.
“That is the only thing that will please the fans.
“Aberdeen need to get into the top four, never mind the top six.”

Ex Dons striker, Shearer was also critical of Darren Mackie and Chris Maguire:

“Aberdeen did look a bit powder-puff up front with Miller missing.
“The longer the game when on, I was looking at Darren Mackie and Chris Maguire, and thinking where is this goal going to come from?”

Stuart Duff came to Jimmy`s defence in the EE, a risky thing to do at this moment in time:

“I totally understand the fans frustration and anger towards the team after the Scottish cup defeat.
“But the manager has been criticised a bit too much.
“The players are more to blame.
“The gaffer puts out the team that he thinks will do a job and we did not do that job.”

He is right the players are a lot to blame. But to say the manager`s job is simply to pick the team is ridiculous. The manager is responsible for the way the team play and to an extent the result. This responsibility is part of the job. To try and shift blame from Calderwood might earn Duff a start on Saturday but it will do absolutely nothing to ease the fans frustrations at our manager.

Willie Miller, the director of football, was another who spoke to the EE:

“We let the supporters down again.
“The manner of the defeat, to go out to lower league opposition at home, is devastating.
“A lot of soul searching must now be done at the club.
“Everything was there for us yet again and we had a great chance to progress in the cup.
“It also offered a chance to make amends for losing out to Queen of the South last season but we failed to take it.
“Aberdeen are in a dark place after that result.
“The club is in depression and we have to get out of that quickly.
“Football is all about pressure and Jimmy, the players and everyone at the club must handle that.
“We are entering a crucial period in the season so it will be a measure of Jimmy Calderwood and his ability to motivate the players after this defeat.”