Date: 14th January 2007 at 6:42pm
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Hands up who left Pittodrie early then? Two minutes to go and John Rankin`s excellent strike looked to have won it for Inverness. It looked like being their first ever win over their former landlords. But it ain`t over till the ref blows and Dons fans should always remember that especially when we have Lovell in the team.

Jimmy must be going mental that his team can`t seem to score until the opposition does recently, even if that means there is only two minutes left on the clock. Caley were well warned about Steve Lovell, he showed them in November that last minute goals were his speciality but they did not heed the warning. Again he came off the bench to score against Caley and his fifth for the season, all from coming on as a sub.

Many Dons fans were leaving by the time Dempsey played Lovell through one on one with Mark Brown and should know better by now that you can`t leave an Aberdeen game till the final whistle as you`ll more than likely miss a goal. With just about the last kick of the ball, Lovell put the ball into the top left of the goal from six yards to again salvage a point against the Highlanders. Again, probably undeservedly so but Aberdeen are very resilient and these late goals are testament to the spirit and belief the team now has.

Obviously Jimmy goes for broke when his team is down and for the second time in a week he got a result but it`s very risky and maybe shouldn`t be so bold against better teams. Hearts and United both got good results against us due to the cavalier approach and the scorelines were way to flattering considering the run of play in those matches. Aberdeen did not deserve the 3-1 hiding in those matches but that`s the roll of the dice Jimmy likes to gamble with.

But it worked yesterday and that`s a point that could prove very vital in the Euro run in and is very welcome. The truth is though, that whilst the fans left happy to have gotten something, a team looking to qualify for Europe must be defeating these clubs at home which Jimmy certainly set out to do.

He started the same 11 that finished the game against Hibs which meant Chris Maguire and ex-Caley boss Craig Brewster in from the start as part of a very attack minded formation. It couldn`t stay that way however as Brewster`s 40 year old shoulder has been dislocated prompting Calderwood to replace him with Considine. It`s bad news for Aberdeen as we go into next weeks` two games in forty hours madness with an already stretched squad. The Dons fans will also be denied the chance to perhaps see Brewster partner Lovell as both men have replaced Lee Miller and went on to score in the previous two matches. Many fans are thinking that those two could be our best partnership as Miller is still largely ineffective for long periods in matches.

Calderwood gave an update of his injury list

The way it is looking at the moment is that Craig has dislocated his shoulder and could be out for four to six weeks,’

Jamie Smith and Zander Diamond are also out injured for a similar period.

Calderwood continued ‘Jamie Smith is out for six to eight weeks with a groin injury and Zander Diamond needs an operation on a groin which will keep him out for the same length of time as Jamie.’

The arguments of the Motherwell Saturday fixture are still blazing on and Jimmy is not a happy chap. The Dons will play Hibernian in their Scottish Cup replay at Easter Road on Thursday before travelling to Motherwell in the SPL on the Saturday.

If Motherwell have made the choice, someone has made a bad decision.

‘There are so many amateurs working in the game who come to these decisions.’

Hibs’ weekend match against Inverness has been moved to a Sunday kick-off as a result of the replay.

The third-round tie at Pittodrie ended 2-2 with the Dons twice coming form a goal down to salvage a replay – which is being played on Thursday because Hibs visit Kilmarnock on Monday.

‘If we lose this game, the result could cost us European football,’ said Calderwood.

They have got to take a look at themselves.

If Motherwell have made the choice, be it Maurice Malpas or one of his directors, someone has made a bad decision.

Had my directors made that kind of decision, I couldn’t look myself in the mirror, what has happened is a disgrace.

If a director of mine had told me that was what would happen, I would be dead against it.

It would have been interesting to see what would have happened had it been Rangers or Celtic playing in our game.

We have seen Scottish clubs who have been playing Uefa Cup games on a Thursday having their games put back to Sundays.’

Motherwell club secretary Stewart Robertson said that any fixture change would have cost the Fir Park side revenue.

We were asked at short notice to move the game,’ he told the Herald.

There would have been logistical problems with the police, stewards and staff and we were looking at it costing us somewhere in the region of £30,000.

It’s a lot of money; it could pay a player’s annual wage.’

SPL spokesman Greig Millar said that Motherwell did not want to move the Fir Park fixture.

This was a very difficult decision for us to take and we are sympathetic to both Aberdeen and Motherwell’s situations, but this fixture has been scheduled since last June,’ he said.

When Aberdeen and Hibs told us they intended to play on 18 January, we suggested the following midweek as our preferred date.

We also told Motherwell last month, rather than on Thursday, what Aberdeen and Hibs wanted to do and they were not keen on rearranging the fixture.’