DONS winger Jonny Hayes today thanked Groningen’s loud-mouthed players for firing them up to knock the Dutch side out of the Europa League.
Serbian winger Filip Kostic was among those who boasted they would progress after drawing 0-0 with the Dons at Pittodrie in the first leg.
The Dons paid him back for writing them off by winning 2-1 in Holland to book a dream clash with Spanish side Real Sociedad in the next round. Hayes, left, said: “We thought it was disrespectful.
“We didn’t need extra motivation but I was quite happy ramming their words down their throats.”