Date: 27th April 2007 at 10:15am
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Jimmy Calderwood has called for the backing of the Dons support during the all important matches from now until the end of the season.

immy has heard the fans howl as the Dons have leaked careless goal after goal recently and call for substitutions to be made early in matches, namely to bring Steve Lovell on, but he`s asking for the fans to rally and cheer the home side on tomorrow which he thinks will be a big boost to the team.

immy said, ‘You always need your fans behind you but more so now in these last few weeks when we are trying to achieve something for them.

I can understand their frustration when games don’t go according to plan but for all the years I’ve been in the game being booed never helped anyone play better.

It never will in the next 50 years either because players are honest enough to know themselves when they are having a bad game.

There’s no chance of anyone rating nine or 10 out of 10 in all 38 league games as there are all sorts of reasons why no player can operate at peak form in every match.

There a re complex circumstances surrounding every individual and you’re not telling me that supporters have a good day every working day. One thing I can be certain about is that no one at this football club doesn’t try his best every time he goes on to the field.

If that was the case we would never have made it to third place in this league. We’ve won tough games when not playing well because of the character throughout the team.

I can guarantee that anyone not giving 100 per cent effort would not last here.

But when you give goals away as sloppily as we have lately then everyone becomes nervous.

However, we have four games left and are still right in the mix for European football. I’d rather be in our position than Hearts who are having to play catch-up and it would lift the players if they get the right backing from our supporters.’

he Killie match really is a must win as the Dons then travel to Tynecastle before a visit to the SPL champions Celtic and then the last match of the season, at home to Rangers.

immy is all too aware of the challenge that awaits his battle weary troops, ‘We have chances to turn up the pressure on Hearts in the last couple of weeks and not done it so by hook or by crook we have to beat Kilmarnock.

That would certainly put us in a strong position before we go to Tynecastle the following Sunday regardless of what happens elsewhere.

We can put a marker down by moving seven points ahead of Hearts before they go to Celtic Park on Sunday and that could be a significant lead.

Jimmy is hoping Gordon Strachan can do him a big favour by beating Hearts and reckons he has plenty of reasons to try to do so despite being already champions

With Neil Lennon announcing his departure and Celtic celebrating another title, it’s bound to be an emotional day. I’m sure Gordon Strachan won’t want to deflate their supporters by losing when everyone is there for a part.

But we have to take care of our own business first. I thought Kilmarnock did really well against Celtic and probably created the better chances so there’s no doubt they will be hard to beat.

They’ve had a good season and that’s good to see. I like their approach to the game and Jim Jefferies has put together an excellent squad.

He always gets a lot out of players at the crossroads in their careers then he lifts them up again with Alan Johnston and Gary Wales two obvious examples of his man-management skills.

We were very fortunate to beat them at Rugby Park last month, which shows how difficult opponents they are and there is no pressure on them. We didn’t deserve to win that game but that result could be crucial to our European hopes.

What I’m looking for is the sort of pace and vision we showed when we took them apart at Pittodrie at Christmas in what was one of our best displays of the season.’