Date: 27th May 2008 at 6:41pm
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I don’t understand it. Why does a section of the Aberdeen support prefer Darren Mackie over Steve Lovell? There is no proper reason!

The facts are Steve Lovell is the best striker at our club, yet Calderwood doesn’t play him:

Lovell – 0.29 goals per game

Mackie – 0.27 goals per game

Miller – 0.20 goals per game

Maguire – 0.09 goals per game

‘But Lovell’s goals are rubbish’, I hear you cry. It’s not that they’re rubbish. It’s that he’s a natural predator that is always in the right place at the right time. Note the countless last minute winners and equalisers since he joined us.

He is also, to my eyes at least, the best one on one finisher. Off the top of my head, his first goal against Rangers, his last minute winner against Hearts at Tynecastle, the only goal in the 1-0 victory over Hearts at Pittodrie last season as well as the goal against Rangers in the last game of the season. You see, to finish one on ones, you need composure. This is something Darren Mackie doesn’t only lack, but doesn’t have. When the world is at his feet and he only has the keeper to beat, he’s like a man on fire. Hibs 3-3 and Celtic 5-1 is all I’ll say.

Lovell has played 30 and scored 5 this season. Mackie has played 26 and scored 4. What Soccerbase doesn’t tell us is Lovell has played approximately 300 minutes this season, compared to Mackie’s 1950.

Jimmy Calderwood obviously has some sort of personal vendetta against Lovell. Don’t believe everything you read in the press, as they say. Well, when RedTV were doing the usual pre-match build up to a game this season which Lovell wasn’t in the squad for, the commentator told us he saw Lovell in the canteen earlier in the day, when he knew he should have been on the bus on the way to the game. He asked him why he was in the canteen and Lovell replied because he wasn’t picked, behind the unfit Mackie and some youth player. The next day Calderwood says in the Evening Express Lovell was struggling to shake off an injury.

When all you Mackie lovers know you’ve lost the argument, you will say ‘Lovell’s too lazy, Mackie gives 100% week in week out’. Well, it’s not that Lovell is lazy, it’s that he doesn’t run about pointlessly for 90 minutes. He stands in positions where he can get the ball, and in places the ball is likely to fall to. Mackie on the other hand, is praised for defending and running about. THAT IS NOT HIS JOB. He is meant to score goals and he doesn’t.

I just don’t understand it. Can anyone who thinks Mackie > Lovell please leave a comment?