Date: 31st July 2015 at 4:37pm
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I’m going to have to stop using the ‘Almaty’ reference aren’t I….I’m not doing to promise this will be my last time, but I’ll try to make it the last!

Aberdeen looked to have it all to do, they’ve still got a big job ahead of them, at half time against FC Kairat on Thursday but an away goal gives them hope of Europa League progression.

That all important away goal, having been two-nil down at half time, was scored to see the Dons return from Kazakhstan still in this third round qualifier at two-one down after the first leg.

Given Kairat have played no fewer than 22-matches already this season, the Kazakhstani league – which they sit top of – started some time ago you could safely say they’ve got a heads up on Aberdeen and Bakayev put them ahead early on.

One became two with 22-minutes played when Islamkhan fired home from 35-yards.

In the second half, with the Dons needing at least one away goal, McInnes turned to last season’s top goalscorer Rooney but it was McGinn who got that away goal at the midway point of the second half.

Aberdeen again had Liverpool loanee ‘keeper Ward to thank with him making some very good saves again to keep them in the tie and how important the crossbar might end up being for the Dons will be known next Thursday at Pittodrie with Kairat hitting this in injury-time.

Following the game McInnes told the Official Website.

‘I did not think we were brave enough when we did not have the ball, we did not do enough to impose ourselves on the game. Unlike in Croatia when we were not punished, we were here with two bits of real quality that we knew Kairat had. For the first goal there was good interlink play but we have dropped a runner and at this level you are always likely to get punished if you do that.

‘The second goal, the strike is from about 40 yards. I thought we were too deep as a team in that opening period. It was an uphill task as the momentum is with them. At 2-0 they have got good confidence.

‘We then showed good composure, a good mentality and finished the first half strongly. We were maybe guilty of not making more of our opportunities. We played like the Aberdeen team I wanted to see the first minute.’


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