Date: 22nd July 2008 at 6:55pm
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Last night Aberdeen overcame 2nd division side Brechin at Glebe Park. It was a much improved performance from the massacre that was Peterhead. Jamie Smith hit the post with a 20 yard curling effort before Charlie Mulgrew shook the crossbar with an almost long range free kick. Derek Young then took his turn to hit the woodwork from 25 yards but fortunately this time it hit the right side of the post and swished in the net. It’s been that long since we scored a goal that I didn’t know what do to when it happened, but whatever I did do it was relieving.

Plus points from the game. Well firstly Charlie Mulgrew looked as if he was a veteran he was that at ease at left back and will undoubtedly be the number one choice there next season. It’s unfortunate that Stuart Smith, a youngster, was only given his chance this pre-season because he has been just as good. I sense him playing left-centre back. Peter Pawlett, mistaking for Chris Maguire, also came on. But when he turned 2 players with one trick in the Brechin box I knew it wasn’t.

But, as I’ve said so many times, at Aberdeen, with every high comes a low and the low this time really was low. Centre back Zander Diamond aggravated a foot injury, or technically Jimmy Calderwood aggravated it, and he’s been ordered to do absolutely nothing for 10 days, which means it makes no sense he’s travelling with the team to Holland for the pre-season tour. And after that, he could face up to another 5 weeks, meaning he’d miss Aberdeen’s first 4 league games.

Oh darn…