Date: 25th July 2007 at 8:50pm
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Aberdeen`s fairly disastrous tournament in Egypt came to a close today with an impressive 5-1 victory over the other group`s third placed team, Al Etesalat.

The team has had to endure much during the course of this tournament even without taking into account the two disappointing defeats with events such as players being involved in a car crash, the extremely OTT partisan crowds and Barry Nicholson being sent off for checking if his punched team mate was alright.

It`s fair to say that Aberdeen havn`t been given all they were promised on this short tour but tonight`s hat-trick by Lee Miller and a goal each for Jamie Smith and Chris Clark will put a smile back on the faces of team sorely disappointed at not winning the tournament outright.

Seven goals in the last two games points to Jimmy`s boys being able to find the net next season but the seven Aberdeen conceded during the course of the four games will surely be putting a few reservations into the minds of fans expecting to build on last season`s vast improvement and who are still mourning the loss of the man who was clearly their best player, centre half Russell Anderson.

Tonight`s team could well be a side that begins matches next season as everyone besides the ‘keeper and Jackie McNamara is an established regular at the club and were a significant part in last season`s success.

Jimmy lined up with an attacking 4-4-2 and fielded Soutar in goal, Hart, Foster, McNamara and Mair in defence with Severin, Jamie Smith, Nicholson and Clark making up the midfield leaving Mackie, Miller spearheading the attack.

It was a familiar line up and perhaps proved that similar team selections in the games the Dons lost could have changed the outcome but no doubt Jimmy has learned a lot and so have his players. They`ve performed to a decent level with most elements against them but still managed victories against decent opposition.

But the main thing is, our manager will be easily spotted if he`s forced to jump from the plane due to the outrageous orange colour the Egyptian sun has made him which was no doubt a major factor in the decision to head to North Africa in the first place.