Reds Feeling Blue

Last updated : 14 April 2008 By Ed_ScottishFitba

Aberdeen have to pick themselves up and get on with the rest of the season says striker Chris Maguire. He and his team-mates have had a rollercoaster of a season with their best displays reserved for cup competitions; reaching the last 32 of the UEFA Cup and the semi-finals of both domestic cups. The loss on Saturday in their second semi-final of the year was a hard blow to take as it was against First Division Queen of the South. But Maguire wants Jimmy Calderwood's men to remember that they put four past Copenhagen, drew with Bayern Munich and won at Celtic Park. On Saturday two headers from Andrew Considine and a Barry Nicholson's strike pegged back the First Division side three times but former Dons striker John Stewart smashed home the odd one in seven to give the Dumfries side the win. Now Maguire wants to turn Aberdeen's inconsistent form on its head with a late push for third place in the SPL. The youngster scored a double against Falkirk last week which took Aberdeen into the top six just when it mattered and he believes they can now go some way to atoning for a dark day in the club's history.

He said: "
That's part and parcel of football, you have ups and downs. It is how you react to them. I'm sure everybody will go out in the right way to react. If we want to get into Europe we have to fight really hard in the league and win most of our five games, if not all five, to secure third spot. Everyone is on a real downer, all credit to Queen of the South, they performed well but we didn't perform well. We showed great character pulling the three goals back and I thought it was going to be our day. In semi-finals you don't get goals as quick as that but again Queen of the South managed to get the winner."

Midfielder Barry Nicholson admits it will take a special effort to recover from the shock loss. He said: "
It's going to take a bit of character for the boys to bounce back from that one because that was a great chance to reach a major final. That was a big point earlier in the season. We were up and down and we spoke about not starting properly. The last six or seven games we have started well." Nicholson could be leaving Aberdeen in the summer after rejecting a contract offer but that was not on his mind at Hampden. He went on: "I'm not disappointed because a final could have been my last game. I'm disappointed because I wanted to go to another cup final." Goalkeeper Derek Soutar admitted blame for Steve Tosh's opening goal after failing to deal with a high ball under pressure from Sean O'Connor. He said: "I hold my hands up. I tried to catch it and the boy has got a good jump on me. I should have punched it and hopefully got the second ball clear. Mistakes happen and it's not a nice experience. I have suffered relegation with Dundee and that was exactly the same."

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