Date: 3rd July 2015 at 6:43pm
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Manager Derek McInnes has said he was pretty pleased with our away draw against Shkendija in Skopje last night as in his mind they are a pretty useful outfit.

Our competitive season opened last night with the Europa League first qualifying round tie against the side, and speaking to the Official Site after the one all draw, the manager explained that he felt they were a good team, and whilst the two legged affair is obviously still in the balance with the scores level, he was confident we would get through on home soil.

‘I believe we can get through to the next round but the game is still very much in the balance. You are never totally satisfied if you don’t win the game but I felt it was a decent performance from us. I felt we were comfortable in the game. I always felt the game would be over the two legs and we would have to be good over two games so we have work to do but we are still confident.’

McInnes went on to say we were fully aware that we would need a ‘strong performance’ against them on home soil and even though he described us as being comfortable, he appreciated it was an even game in reality but equally he knows we can play a lot better than we did on the evening.

‘I thought we were comfortable without producing a top performance. There is still work to do. We aim to improve next week.’

McInnes also confirmed that Mark Reynolds has sustained a potentially quite serious shoulder injury during the game, but assessments were still to be done on the severity of his problem so nobody knows yet how long the centre half will be out for.

However, x-rays today have confirmed that he hasn’t suffered a broken shoulder which was first feared, but we are awaiting news still on the severity of the dislocation.

In wider press coverage from the game last night, Aberdeen have also submitted an official complaint after goalkeeper Danny Ward was targeted by lazer pens during the match and they are likely to suffer a fine for that.

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