Date: 10th April 2007 at 4:42pm
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Despite conceding 8 goals in Aberdeen`s last three matches, the man who has helped keep Aberdeen`s defence normally watertight this season is still convinced the Dons will be in Europe next season and actually thinks that the recent heavy defeats will help his side.

Jamie Langfield has often been criticised for his often unforced errors and whilst he`s far from a fans favourite, he`s made some big saves to help earn his team points this season to become an essential cog in the team.

It`s obvious that Langfield is improving under the guidance of his coach Jim Leighton and the confidence Jimmy Calderwood has in him but anymore performances by the team like Saturday`s and all the season`s great work will be for nothing.

Langfield is now hoping to make a positive out of a very big negative as he tries to see some good in Saturday`s 4-2 Pittodrie destruction.

The Scotland squad ‘keeper said,’Maybe we needed that defeat to act as a wake-up call.

‘To be honest we have not been playing well for the last couple of weeks but have still managed to scrape some results.

‘Hopefully the disappointment of losing to United will give us the determination to kick on for the rest of the season.

‘We suffered a really bad result when we lost 3-1 at Dundee United at Christmas.

‘After that we felt there was something to prove and it drove us on to good form. We need to rediscover that mentality again for the rest of the season.

‘There is no way we will become complacent and it is vital we knuckle down, train hard and bounce back from that defeat.’

Jamie has been the sole man in charge for every Aberdeen SPL match this season and he admits that Saturday was just a freak day where nothing ran for the Dons, unlike previous weeks when lady luck has certainly favoured the Dons.

‘When Dundee United went 3-2 up I asked the referee how long had gone,’ he said.

‘He said under 20 minutes and I just thought to myself, oh no , this is going to end up about 7-6.

‘It was just one of those days, and for the fourth goal we were unlucky that the ball bounced off the post and straight at Greg Cameron’s feet to score. On another day it could have gone wide or into my arms.

‘After that defeat we need to put things right by producing a strong performance against Hibs.’

The Dons next two matches are at home to Hibs on the 21st and Kilmarnock the following week and Aberdeen must take full points to stave of the reborn Hearts challenge and Jamie`s manager has laid down to the team what is required.

“Jimmy Calderwood said we need three wins from our remaining five games to get into Europe,’ he said.

‘We have three home games remaining so it is in our own hands.’



I`m quite sure that at the start of the season Jimmy Calderwood would have liked to be in this position and now the Dons have a week off to prepare for the visit of Hibs.

Aberdeen will sit back and watch Hibs play Dunfermline with envy and will perhaps hope that by the time the Hi-Bees come knocking at Pittodrie, they`re minds will perhaps be distracted by another cup final appearance to look forward.

The frightening reality is more likely to be that with Scottish Cup Final places to play for, Hibs could be more dangerous than ever.

Jamie Langfield is going to be in for a busy few weeks and let`s hope he and his defence have started working together again.