Next round on me, says Aberdeen boss

BRIAN MARJORIBANKS reports from Dnipropetrovsk

Last updated at 08:36 05 October 2007

Ecstatic Jimmy Calderwood vowed to buy redeemed goalkeeper Jamie Langfield a drink last night after his saves helped book Aberdeen's place in the UEFA Cup group stages.

The two were embroiled in a summer bust-up when Langfield drunkenly insulted his boss during the player's stag party and looked to be on his way out of Pittodrie.

Darren Mackie

But the recalled keeper's heroics kept Dnipro at bay in the Meteor Stadium after Darren Mackie's bullet header - his 50th goal for the club - saw the

Dons complete an amazing week for Scottish clubs in Europe. "It was not an easy decision to recall Jamie but he made some great saves," said Calderwood, his goalkeeper's most crucial stop coming in the tense, later stages of the match when he pushed a shot by Kostyantyn Kravchenko on to the bar as Dnipro sought the winner after a scrappy equaliser.

"His behaviour in the summer was well documented but you never know, I might even buy him a drink after that!"

Langfield, initially recalled for the first-leg stalemate a fortnight ago, was not the only hero as Mackie toasted his first start since returning from a hamstring injury with the crucial away goal.

"Darren has been out for a few weeks but he has been our top scorer in recent years and we felt he could do a job up front," said Calderwood.

"It was a wonderful build-up from Ricky Foster and Darren was there to stick the ball away."

Mackie said: "I just learned after the match it was my 50th, so that makes it even more special. It was an unbelievable cross from Ricky and I just threw myself at the ball. We set out to nick a goal and that's what happened but we were fortunate at times.

"Lady Luck smiled on us. After I was substituted, I spent the last 10 minutes shouting from the sidelines.It was nerve-wracking."

Calderwood, who hailed the win as the greatest of his managerial career, said his side had drawn inspiration from the Old Firm's Champions League success.

"Their results gave us the motivation to do well. We have come over here to face a very good team and won. Maybe we rode our luck at times but you need luck to win matches.

"Dnipro had us under pressure in the second half but we held out. Was I nervous in the four minutes injury time? I was nervous ever since half-time.

"I took Dunfermline to the Scottish Cup Final and into Europe, then I took Aberdeen into Europe. But to qualify for the group stages, and to beat a team of this quality, is great."

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