Date: 4th March 2007 at 6:19am
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Aberdeen ‘keeper Jamie Langfield has revealed that the slagging and joking by his team mates is the best way to get over a howler in a match. Langfield has cost the Dons some precious points with some lapses of concentration, bad positioning or just reacting slowly to a situation but still Aberdeen have the best away defensive record in the league and Jamie has played his part in achieving that.

The guys in the Aberdeen squad realise Jamie`s worth so it`s tongue in cheek when they mock him about a newspaper article which Christened Jamie with his new, undesirable nickname.

Langfield said: ‘There was a headline in one of the newspapers that called me Clangers, so that’s my nickname at the club now. Banter like that helps keep my spirits up.’

He said: ‘I made mistakes that were highlighted, which is fair enough, but I am the first to hold my hands up when I do something wrong. I’m not a naturally confident person and if this had happened three or four years ago, I might have gone into a shell. Things are a bit different now as I’ve grown up. I have a family and I have a different perspective on life.

‘I’m also playing for a club of Aberdeen’s standing and if I let things like that beat me up, especially in the position we are in, it would affect my game more. I’m a goalkeeper and I will make mistakes. It is a fact of life. The players here realise that. They know I am down in the dressing-room afterwards if something goes wrong but, by Monday morning, they are all slagging me off again and that lifts morale.’

Jamie has made some very important saves this season and his team are still in the thick of the action fighting for 2nd place and Langfield is enjoying the fact the league run-in is going to be a cut throat affair.

Speaking ahead of his team`s victory in Falkirk he said, ‘We would rather be in third place than in mid-table with nothing to play for or at the bottom fighting relegation. Now we have 11 massive games left and hopefully we will pick up enough points to get back into Europe. We have not given up hope of competing in the Champions League next season. We have game in hand and still have to play Rangers twice so a lot can change very quickly. We are obviously looking for other teams to do us favours but if we take care of our own games, we can catch Rangers.

‘Even if we keep winning but don’t overtake them and finish third in the SPL, I think everyone here will be delighted.’