Shin­nie’s shock tac­tics for Turf Moor de­cider AFC:

Dons cap­tain calls for re­peat dis­play to seal pas­sage in Burnley

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - SPORT - BY ANDY SKIN­NER

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.”

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