Date: 10th May 2008 at 7:41am
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The word unbelievable is a bit overused. As Homer Simpson would say ‘you use that word so much it’s lost all meaning’. But that’s what the past 2 months have been. Unbelievable.

It’s scary to think that 7 weeks ago after a 1-1 St Mirren the chances of getting into the top 6 were virtually nil. But 4 wins out of 5 later here we sit in 6th, only 3 points from 3rd. Many will say it is undeserved, but if at the end of the season the points add up to show that we’re sitting in 3rd, we’ve deserved it.

However, today we play the team currently in that spot, Motherwell. The Steelmen’s fortunes have turned since Dons legend Mark McGhee took over in the summer. Last season the Well just escaped relegation having sat in last place for the first 2 months of the season. However, since McGhee has taken over Motherwell have become a side people don’t want to play and Aberdeen certainly don’t. This season Motherwell have won 2 and drawn 1 against the Dons so Jimmy Calderwood has not been able to beat Well since McGhee took over. But that record will have to be broken today or Aberdeen can wave goodbye to UEFA Cup next season.

Lee Mair, Jamie Smith and Richie Byrne are of course out and Derek Young joins them this week. Hopefuls are Sone Aluko, Alan Maybury and Darren Mackie but Zander Diamond is still suspended.

Manager Jimmy Calderwood told the club website, ‘We go into the game at the weekend knowing exactly what we have to do. Winning is our only option. We are the form side at the moment after beating both Hibernian and Dundee United but we know for a fact that Motherwell will be no push over as they have proved already this season.

‘If we managed to pip the other teams and get third spot then it would be a slight appeasement on this season’s performances but we will never forget some of the bad points. I hear we are taking a big crowd down to the game and this is absolutely brilliant, the fans have a lot to be proud of and hopefully we will give them a display which merits their support.’

So with all the injuries again this week, we might get another chance to see the likes of Karim Touzani, who shone and scored in last week’s win over Dundee United. And with entry only £5 for everyone, hopefully a large Aberdeen support will be there to roar the team level with 3rd.