Fagan keen to finish the job
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND, SECOND LEG St Patrick’s Ath (1) v NK Siroki Brijeg (1)CHRISTY FAGAN says he and his St Patrick’s Athletic team-mates were disgusted they didn’t put this tie to bed durng the first leg in Bosnia last week.
Level at 1-1, the sides clash again at Inchicore tonight as St Patrick’s defend a remarkable 10-game unbeaten home record in Europe at Richmond Park.
“All of us were disgusted even though everyone will say that 1-1 away from home in Europe is a good result,” said striker Fagan. “But it didn’t feel that way after the game.”
Midfielder John Russell had a weak penalty saved while Chris Forrester hit a post either side of Fagan giving St Pat’s the lead. They were then caught with a sucker punch when conceding a goal in stoppage time.
“We couldn’t believe we conceded so late on. We deserved to win. Maybe it’s just as well they got a goal. Had we come back here 1-0 or 2-0 up we might have thought the tie was over . . .
“Their goal might be a blessing in disguise and keep everyone up for it as we know we’re in a game.”
With defender Mark Rossiter out for the remainder of the season following knee surgery, manager Liam Buckley’s only injury concern tonight is striker Stephen O’Flynn (rib injury).
Buckley believes the Bosnian side underestimated St Pat’s in the first leg and they won’t make the same mistake twice.
“A week on they’ll be fitter and I think they’ll come understanding us a little bit more – that we’re not that bad,” said Buckley. “I can see them going gung ho to get a result.” The winners will face German side Hannover 96.