Date: 15th August 2007 at 2:49pm
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Steve Lovell is convinced that Aberdeen`s very disappointing start to the season can be halted and the form that saw the club finish third last year found.

The highest finish for a Dons side in years had brought a renewed optimism to the city which was shown through a huge turnout at the United defeat and a decent showing for Sunday`s Hearts game but the team let the fans down with a lacklustre display.

But Lovell is certain the team can repay them with some performances befitting a team who earned the “Best of the Rest” title for the season past.

Lovell started his first game against Hearts, although he did come on against the Terrors as substitute, but didn`t get much service from a crowded midfield where little forward play was created.

He told the P&J, ‘It was a frustrating day. The result didn’t go our way but it is something we need to forget about.

‘We have got our first point of the season but we still haven’t gelled yet.’

‘It is up to us to start performing well, playing the football we know we can produce and get them cheering for us again.’

Cheering was not something heard often last Sunday down at Aberdeen beach with heckling and booing being more evident as the Dons failed to ignite in front of their supporters who were further dismayed when the manager hauled their favourite striker off.

‘The manager made a decision for the team and you have to get on with things when that happens. It is nice to hear the crowd’s support and I don’t think any player is ever happy when he is taken off. I was disappointed.’

‘We feel we could have done better in both games and I can’t quite put my finger on why we have not started well this year. But the fans have a right to voice their opinions. We haven’t played well in either match, so they are entitled to boo the team if they want to”.

An upturn in results this Sunday would certainly turn the chants of the home fans as champions Celtic come knocking and there would be no better time to do so.