A four-match series of results that was almost entirely based on the Dons' renewed ability to cut out defensive lapses was ended on Saturday thanks to — guess what? — defensive lapses.
In this case two of our more experienced and reliable players, Diamond and Severin, were left looking like drunken John Sergeants on ice when the Arabs got out of the blocks quicker than the BBC issuing an apology.
Jimmy's recent tactic, which has had a modicum of success, has been to sit in till half-time, be slightly more adventurous until a goal is scored then soak up pressure. This was easily dealt with by Caldo-nemesis Craig Levein. His players charged at the startled red defenders from the kick-off which resulted in an easy couple of goals and a cushion for the rest of the game. All watching SPL managers will have taken note, so JC had better be wiping this battleplan from his tactics board.
Better news off the field is a promising set of financial results thanks to last season's Euro run. Hopefully this will put some pressure on the management team from upstairs, because currently the chances of continuing this UEFA-based route to financial recovery are getting slimmer.