Date: 9th May 2007 at 5:04pm
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Big Zander Diamond does not need the flack of getting sent off for violent conduct as he tries to regain his place in the Dons starting eleven.

Zander clearly intentionally gave Andrius Velicka a heavy crack to the jaw with his elbow during one of there many hard challenges and would have certainly been sent off if the referee had see it.

Zander`s violent act was clearly caught on camera and he is lucky that the SFA are not considering taking any action against him.

His manager is however very angry that he would have jeopardised his team that way with even his captain Russell Anderson claiming that “it was stupid” of Zander to have risked dangerous move like that and fortunate not to have added to his five red cards he`s already had in his fledgling career.

Jimmy Calderwood has spoken at length to his young centre-half and he hopes he can learn from the tough battle he had with Velicka.

‘I’ve had more than a few words with Zander about what happened at Tynecastle but I think it was an indication of his frustrations and desperation to do well for this club.

We’re hoping to go into Europe next season though and the sort of provocation you face is 10 times worse over there so that arena needs cool heads.

‘Players have to keep their cool in those sort of situations when there is so much at stake.

‘Zander has to learn from what happened.’

‘Tynecastle is a bit of a cauldron and it’s easy for players to get caught up by that.

‘But our next two games are going to be played in similar atmospheres, so we can’t afford any problems.

‘It will be hard enough trying to beat the Old Firm with 11 players.’

‘No team can afford to have a players sent off for that sort of thing.

e must learn to curb that anger by channelling it in different ways.

I don’t want to take the positive aggression away from the big man.

ut you can’t do these sort of things because players must keep their cool in those sort of situations when so much is at stake.

You want winners in your team but there are ways of dealing with frustrations. Russell Anderson is as competitive as any defender in the country but deals with it brilliantly. Zander has to follow the example of his captain.’

Diamond has all the makings of a good defender and will improve but getting sent off for violent conduct will only encourage the opposition to try and antagonise him if they think he`ll react.

If Zander cannot cool his hot temper then he will go no further in the game.