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Aberdeen will go for broke in hunt for European place, insists Jimmy Calderwood

Dec 24 2008 By Ian Orr


JIMMY CALDERWOOD says Aberdeen will go for broke in their bid to qualify for next season's Europa League.


The Dons boss insisted he will never deploy a one-man attack - in complete contrast to Euro rivals Hearts.


Calderwood's claim and the clash of styles between the rivals will add an edge to Saturday's meeting at Pittodrie.


The Pittodrie chief said: "A lot of SPL sides have been going with one striker up front away from home and sometimes at home too. I've never been a fan of a 4-5-1 set-up.


"You have to win games if you want to claim one of the European places. You can't risk going for draws and hoping other results go your way.


"We've begun winning regularly at Pittodrie again because of that attitude and the aim is to do exactly the same on our travels.


"The fight for the European places is likely to go right to the wire and could be decided by the team that collects most points on the road.


"That means we will play with at least two strikers every timed. Tactics will depend on what we believe is the right approach for any particular game."


Aberdeen's recent defensive resilience, with only the Old Firm conceding fewer goals, has made Calderwood confident his attacking policy will pay off.


And he paid tribute to captain Scott Severin, after his switch from midfield to sweeper.


Calderwood added: "Seve has been fabulous over the last few weeks.


"We needed someone with a bit more experience to steady the ship when we were losing daft goals earlier in the season and he has provided that.


"Seve never gets caught ball watching as younger guys do sometimes.


"He also reads the game so well that he is often in position to cut out passes before they have been made.


"If we keep recording clean sheets and defending as strongly as we have it will be hard to justify making any changes."




Let's hope he means it!



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