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Jimmy admits: I got it wrong.

Byline: By TIM GORDON

ABERDEEN boss Jimmy Calderood admits the Dons blew a golden opportunity to make history by becoming the first Scottish club side to win a European tie on Greek soil.

Calderwood's side slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Panathinaikos on Thursday in the UEFA cup.

And the Dons boss revealed he was about to adjust his formation to 4-4-2 as they chased an equaliser before being caught out by late sucker punches from Dimitris Papadopoulos and Dimitris Salpingidis.

Calderwood said: "Panathinaikos have an illustrious European pedigree but they were definitely there for the taking. This team were not the quality of Dnipro.

"It was not the cauldron we expected in the Greek stadium and their fans got on backs a bit. Ironically I was about to switch to a 4-4-2 and push for an equaliser when they scored a second killer goal.

"Aberdeen gave us nowehere near the level of performance that they did in Ukraine against Dnipro.

"We are very frustrated and the lingering feeling is that Aberdeen could have caused a major uspet and created European history by becoming the first Scottish club side to win in Greece or at least getting a point and it was a missed opportunity to put us in a great position in the group.

"I honestly thought that we would take something and on reflection it looks as if we have been gubbed 3-0 and the game was nothing like that."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2007
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