DEREK McINNES was raging at the penalty-kick decision for Chikhura Sachkhere in Aberdeen’s 1-1 Europa League draw in Tbilisi last night.

The Dons boss saw his team fell behind when Funso Ojo was adjudged to have fouled Irakli Lekvtadze and Vazha Koripadze converted from the spot.

But the Pittodrie outfit determinedly fought back and levelled with a penalty-kick of their own from Sam Cosgrove after the break in a highly-competitive second qualifying round first leg confrontation.

McInnes, speaking to BBC Sport, admitted: “I was disappointed at the penalty against us.

“I have watched it back now and there wasn’t any contact. It was a poor decision. The response from my team was good and that pleased me, but it shouldn’t have been a penalty.”

The Reds’ gaffer was relieved to leave Georgia with a draw, especially after centre-back Ash Taylor had been forced off with a hamstring problem midway through the first-half.

With no defenders on the bench due to Mikey Devlin and Greg Leigh being out injured, the manager had to go with a makeshift backline that looked ill at ease on a few occasions.

However, they weathered the storm and are hoping to settle the tie at Pittodrie on Thursday.

Taylor is now a doubt for the return game as the Dons attempt to set up a meeting with Croatia’s Rijeka.


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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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