Date: 10th April 2007 at 11:56am
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It`s squeaky bum time at Pittodrie after the outrageous result on Saturday against Dundee United and Hearts winning narrowly to cut the Euro gap to 3 points in the SPL Euro race.

ons boss Calderwood now hopes that the nervousness has left his team and puts the defeat down to his players not having been in this position before.

e said,’It was plain crazy what happened at Pittodrie on Saturday with so many individual mistakes on our part.

To be fair to the lads, they’ve been very consistent this season. Hopefully, they are raging with themselves and determined to make up for it in the next match.

But the worry is certain doubts creep in with certain players. As soon as you start doubting yourself, that’s when errors are made and it’s only human nature that some get caught up in that.’

immy`s boys are not the only team stumbling towards their season`s goals with more illustrious sides going for bigger prizes now finding the going tough when all was apparently sown up.

e said: ‘You could see it with Celtic recently, Rangers at Love Street and even Manchester United at Portsmouth. Being so close to clinching something can have a negative effect.

Finishing things off is the hardest part in football at any level. You only have to look at the example of Celtic to understand that. Everyone thought they would have the title done and dusted a few weeks ago.

Gordon Strachan said at the weekend he wasn’t worried about the Rangers result but I’ll tell you he’d rather Rangers had lost. Everyone wants things sorted out as quickly as possible regardless. Celtic will get there but Gordon would have been sitting a bit easier this morning if Rangers had lost at Love Street and the title had been wrapped up on Sunday.

All I ask is that our players get back to doing what they are good at for the last five games and make sure we get that European place. The important thing is we still have our fate in our own hands.

There are always seeds of doubt in any side, no matter how good they are. However, I need my players to overcome that and get the wins to take us into Europe.

It’s vital we win the three home games we’ve got left. It’s Hibs next and our other two are against Kilmarnock and Rangers. We haven’t beaten Rangers this season and face them on the final day so that could be a real test.

I’ll learn a lot more about my players over these matches by the way they deal with the pressure.’

Striker Steve Lovell will be integral to helping getting the Dons those wins and he expects nothing less than a battle to the end and wants his team mates to prove they`ve got the bottle for the fight.

ovell said: ‘We knew it was going to be tough and it’s getting tight.

We’ve worked hard all year to get into this position and I suppose it is a different

ressure for us because a lot of us haven’t been in this situation before”

Hopefully we can correct the things we’ve been doing wrong. But after all the hard I dread to think what it would do to the boys if we were to lose it right at the end considering all the hard work that we’ve put into things. We all want to play in Europe.

We know second is now out of our grasp but third is there for us.’

alderwood added: ‘We’re still third with everything in our hands but we will do nothing giving away gifts like we did against United.’

If Aberdeen were to lose out and God forbid, Calderwood would be made to eat his words about when he recently wrote Hearts off after their 4-0 defeat to Dundee United.

he Jambos seem to have turned a corner under caretaker boss Stevie Frail and whilst he may not be the planned long term option, he`s certainly going to do all he can to make sure Romanov has no option but to offer him the job.

ecuring the Euro spot would do just that after all had seemed lost so Aberdeen must rally and rise to ward their resurgent threat off once again.