Aberdeen v R Sociedad preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:48

Aberdeen v R Sociedad preview

Defender Clark Robertson is set to be the only absentee for the Dons as he is not yet fully match fit despite playing for an hour in a friendly on Tuesday.
The League Cup winners trail the La Liga giants 2-0 following the first leg in Spain after David Zurutuza and Sergio Canales gave the Basques a comfortable win.
McInnes knows his side will have to produce an improved performance if they are to turn the tie around – and he expects Sociedad will make them fight all the way.
He told RedTV: “Here’s hoping they take their foot off the gas, but I wouldn’t imagine so. We can’t bank on it.
“All we can do is put a bit of doubt in their heads by the way we play.
“I would assume they will come here in a professional manner. They were really up for the game over there and I wouldn’t expect anything different from them.
“If we are to get a result it will be a result of what we do and not what the opposition does.”
A sell-out 20,000 crowd will roar the Dons on at Pittodrie and McInnes admits his side must score first to have any chance.
“A 2-0 scoreline over there was not a disgrace but we still feel we can do better,” he said.
“It’s half-time in the tie and they have a big advantage. But 2-0 in any game is still a result you are never totally comfortable with if you are winning at half-time.
“The next goal is always important in a 90-minute game. This will be no different.
“So it’s important that the first goal is an Aberdeen goal. If they score it makes it a massive job for us. But if we can get it, hopefully the momentum change can help us.
“There is still a lot to play for and we are not giving up. We still feel that playing at home with a huge crowd behind us, we can get a positive result that takes us through the tie.”

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