DEREK McINNES saw Aberdeen draw 1-1 with Burnley in their Europa League tie at Pittodrie last night – and sportingly admitted the Turf Moor side deserved their equaliser.

Gary Mackay-Steven’s early penalty-kick had the hosts ahead in the first leg of the second qualifying round tie, but Sam Vokes wiped that out with the leveller 10 minutes from time.

McInnes said: “We ran out of legs a wee bit. It’s nothing new. In that first game in Europe it’s difficult to sustain your energy levels.

“But the strength in the legs will be so much better next week and we’re still in the game.

“We are disappointed not to have won after taking the lead and having something to hold on to, but nobody could say Burnley didn’t deserve their equaliser.

“You could see why they only lost five or six games on the road in the Premier League last season. Their competitive side came out in the second-half.”

The return leg is at Turf Moor on Thursday.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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