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JC Warns Dons of Lovell Danger

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Jimmy in warning to Dons defenders

Published: 11/12/2008



JIMMY Calderwood today admits he fears Steve Lovell will come back to haunt the Dons.


The Reds boss rates Lovell as one of the best finishers in the SPL, despite letting him leave Pittodrie in the summer.


And he warned the Dons defenders to be on their guard when the Bairns visit the Granite City on Saturday.


Calderwood said: “Steve Lovell is a major danger. “Given half a chance, he will bury it.


“Knowing Steve, he will be desperate to put one over on his former club, and rightly so.


“Zander Diamond and the other defenders will have to stop him, and one advantage is they know his weaknesses.


“Unfortunately though, Steve does not have that many weaknesses to his game.


“But we are all well aware of his strengths, the blistering pace and his accuracy in front of goal.


“But it is up to Zander to keep him quiet.â€


Lovell has already racked up six league goals this term, one more than he managed for the whole of last season with the Dons.


And Calderwood admits former Dundee hitman Lovell was the best striker he had at Pittodrie, but injuries killed off his Aberdeen career.


“On his day, Steve was probably the best finisher at Aberdeen,†he said.


“He scored an unbelievable goal against Rangers in a 3-2 win just months after moving to Pittodrie in 2005.


“Steve was the only player at the club who could do that, it was a touch of class.


“He was also very popular with the fans, but injuries ultimately did him in.


“After losing so many training sessions through injury it is very difficult to get that sharpness back.â€

Former Dons defender Jackie McNamara is out for Falkirk through suspension.


And Calderwood is expecting a tough test.


“Lovell is not the only one we have to worry about as Falkirk have a lot of good players,†he said.


“It will be a difficult game for us as John Hughes always gets them playing well.


“Graham Barrett and Darren Barr are also good players in a strong team.â€

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There is nothing wrong with making a public statement to his players in the lead up to a match that they must be alert to the threat of a proven goalscorer who might have a grudge. I'm just glad that JC is not putting out the 'I was right to let Lovell go' stories in the lead up to these games.

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Maybe JC is using mind games. Before the Aberdeen-Liverpool game in 1980, the Liverpool manager at the time stated that Strachan could be Britain's first million pound player, and it affected Strachan's game.


But is Calderwood really that clever?

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