THERE’S no shame in that result whatsoever.
An away goal would have been nice but to go to San Sebastian and limit them to two goals is certainly not a bad thing.
We started arguably the better team and were keeping possession well, but it wasn’t long before we started to tire and they pinned us back.
Real Sociedad were without doubt deserving of their win, but they needed a bit of luck to make the breakthrough when Shay Logan’s block fell perfectly for David Zurutuza to finish off.
We had our moments on the break, but didn’t really offer much threat up front.
Saying that, Langfield has certainly had busier nights too. The tie is anything but over though, with the second leg next week at Pittodrie. How we approach it is a difficult one to call.
Obviously we need to focus more on attacking to make up the two-goal deficit, but if Real get an away goal it will be all but over, with us needing four.
With a packed Pittodrie and hopefully a cracking atmosphere, it’ll be tempting to go in all guns blazing, but I think it’s more important we keep the game tight early on.
If we can stop them scoring, two goals is a very achievable target, and we are by no means incapable of turning this tie around.