Date: 6th August 2007 at 11:35pm
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Like most fans, Jimmy Calderwood is at a loss as to why his team were unable to produce anything like the form they showed on the last day of the season against Rangers or even equal some of the performances they produced on tour in Egypt against Dundee United on Saturday.

The day was set up to be something of a statement of intent that the Dons were back, the city was behind them and a serious challenge to the Old Firm would follow. A last minute goal has put all that in serious jeopardy, especially in the eyes of the massed 6,000 fans who made up the away support and who Jimmy fears may not return after such an opening day horror show.

Jimmy put the players through a double training session to right the wrongs in time for Hearts but the loss at Tannadice was obviously not even considered in his eyes and he`s desperately hurting after finally winning back some of his lost flock.

Almost apologetically he told Reds Online, ‘We never got going and let our large travelling support down very badly.

‘We’ve alienated many of them against us already and that’s after just one match.

‘It’s a real downer after all the memorable scenes at Pittodrie just a couple months ago when we beat Rangers.

‘It’s just sheer stupidity from the players to allow that to happen.

‘We had played so much good football during the pre-season, so it hurts that we couldn’t do it when it counts.

‘We didn’t have too many who could honestly say they deserved pass marks.

‘The only good thing is it has happened in the very first game.

‘It means we have plenty of time to put it right and start showing the fans how we can really perform.

‘We all have a lot of making up to do when we play Hearts at the weekend.’

A sad day for all at the club after so much promise but the season will be full of ups and downs as usual although Saturday was a very big bitter pill to swallow and any more of that might have Jimmy calling in the head doctors as he tries to fathom out why his team that is full of so much quality served up such a poor show.

He said,’It will take a psychologist to work out why we didn’t play as we should have.

‘He might need to take a look at me as well because they certainly did my head in”.

Perhaps a team is allowed to let their fans down once or twice in a season and as long as there is no repeat of anything like the Queens Park fiasco from last season and a decent result against Hearts on Sunday, Calderwood and his men might be just about excused for this effort but there is no doubt Andy Considine can`t have many more mistakes left before he is ousted as the manager lays the blame of defeat squarely at his 20 year old feet.

‘Andrew didn’t do too much wrong in the rest of the game, but his mistake was so crucial.

‘Our performance was poor, but if we had got a draw it would have been better than nothing.

‘Unfortunately, Andrew’s mistake left us with nothing.

‘He has played nearly 50 first team games now.

‘That’s far too many to still be making errors like that one.

‘We can’t keep saying Andrew is young and will learn because it’s the second or third time something like that has happened.

‘Others are champing at the bit for a game, so the pressure to perform at their very best for the full 90 minutes is on every player.’

Harsh on the youngster as he tries to fill Russell Anderson`s boots but there can be no time for sympathy or pampering if Aberdeen are to repeat or better last years 3rd place finish.