DEREK McINNES insists Aberdeen’s Europa League extra-time exit against Burnley last night was “harsh”.

The Dons lost 3-1 and went out on a 4-2 aggregate, but not before they had put in a great performance against the Premier League outfit at Turf Moor.

McInnes said: “It was a fantastic game, the intensity over the two matches has been remarkable. You don’t get those types of games at this stage of the season.

“With the rivalry of the Scotland-England thing, both sets of players have clearly been very competitive with intensity from both sides and both sets of supporters.

“My first thoughts are disappointment for my players when they put so much into it, but there is no criticism.

“We cannot afford to be too disappointed. We now move on to the domestic game and Rangers on Sunday.

“I thought it was harsh for us to come out, somebody had to come out as losers and somebody had to win, it’s Cup football and Burnley got the all-important goal in extra time.

“We were very good over the two ties to go toe-to-toe with a team like Burnley.

“We wish them well, we dust ourselves down and we take the positives from it and there were plenty of them.”


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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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