Shinnie’s shock tactics for Turf Moor decider AFC:
Dons captain calls for repeat display to seal passage in Burnley
Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie says the Dons can secure a shock Europa League victory over Burnley if they produce a repeat performance of last week’s 1-1 draw in Thursday’s second leg at Turf Moor.
Derek McInnes’s men must score in this week’s return leg, after Sam Vokes netted a vital late away goal for the English Premier League side to cancel out Gary Mackay-Steven’s opener.
Sean Dyche’s men, who finished seventh in the English top-flight last season, are strong favourites to progress through the tie and set up a third qualifying round tie against Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir.
Midfielder Shinnie insists his side have already shown they are not fazed by the task ahead of them, and he said: “It would be absolutely massive if we go could through. We all have the belief we can do it.
“It’d be a massive achievement and one that would set us up nicely for the start of the season on Sunday.
“You look at their physique and some of the players they’ve got. Sam Vokes when he came on, Chris Wood and James Tarkowski at the back. “They have some big players and you don’t want to roll over to them as they will just trample over the top of you. “I think we did well, fighting back and taking the game to them. It’s something we need to do again. “There’s always belief, we had that before the game, the belief of going out and winning the game and not shying away just because it’s a Premier League team.
“It doesn’t mean anything at the end of the day, it’s a Europa League tie and it’s two teams desperate to get through.
“I think you saw on Thursday it was pretty even and hopefully the next one will be the same and we can come out on top.”
Former Caley Thistle player Shinnie insists his side is draining out talk of a “Battle of Britain”, with the 26-year-old adding: “The Scottish league is more high tempo and pressing than the English top flight. Maybe the quality is not as good but the effort definitely is.
“It’s understandable when a Scottish and English team go head to head. There is always talk about how good England is compared to Scotland. That is out of our control. It is just a game to us.”