Valhalla or Hell ?
Tonight brings part one of the clash we’ve all been waiting for.
On the road again, to another lions den,, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
They will be up for it bigtime and we go into the tie the form team.
Its a genuine thigh rubber and tonight we see just what our bhoys are truly made of on a bigger platform to showcase our talent, or expose our weaknesses.
The second leg at home is what we all would have wanted no matter who the foe, so theres already a slight advantage. The bookmakers still see us as favourites at time of writing and ironically we have brought the weather with us as there is rain plus 20 mile an hour winds due about game time, and around the same temperature as home is expected.
Does this suit us or them? Soon find out I guess but that could make the nice playing surface zippy encouraging an attacking mentality to get the crowd onboard and force the play.
As the team used to having most of the ball, dominating play keeping the ball from us and constantly probing would be the sensible option,, looking for that poor off-ball positional play Fan-a-tic is often pointing out.
That would certainly be my instructions rather than all out press as we have the players to hurt on the counter.
The Danes go into both legs without their star striker who has been punted for ‘an acceptable offer’ which doesn’t sound like a happy coach to me but the wily old fox still has three to choose from and N’Doye has a touch of quality about him plus he will be out to impress his host club and maybe potential suitors given he is on a free end of season. He will surely start now.
Morale will have taken a dent yes, but they will be able to sense the build up to this tie all week in the town and taking the foot off the gas just wont be an option.
They sit second in the league 7 points off the leaders but after 21 games have shipped 25 goals which points to defensive frailties that should be tested.
After losing the last three games including a cup final all eyes and minds will have been focussed on tonights game and taking something from it.
Its going to be a battle. Which they started in the 9th century but anyway.
We are a striker down in Griff who has a niggle and will be saved for the weekend and will probably opt for a Ryan and Odsonne double act up top in that case. That might actually suit us on this occasion.
You all know we are now 9 wins ina row now,,have a bit of swagger plus a bit of quality sprinkled about the pitch. The first twenty minutes dont concede,,no needless bookings,, yadda yadda.
The troops have earned our trust by now, the gaffer has experience enough to call upon , big Kris is back in Scandinavia to kick ass just like the weekend. Our Captain is a berserker at heart and will relish the test. Our star striker is a cut above what they have seen so far this season and should terrorize their rear guard all night.
The formation and rectifying any mistakes asap is what the gaffer will be judged on this Friday, he gets the first part right and half the battle is won. The big calls are what he gets paid for and getting them right at this level will get you noticed.
Bringing it home alive and kicking is the priority and anything else is a bonus in my book.
The honours might be historically even but if we show up we will be too good for them to live with us and thats a fact. Getting to the last 16 of a major competition would a dream for the fans and provide momentum to keep headway in the league, keeping players on their toes striving to nail down their position for the big ties coming up.
It would bring a feel good factor that cant be bought.
This group of players and the manager have developed a knack of showing up and winning when they must and arent expected to.
Lets hope tonight it continues.
CMON ON YOU BHOYS IN GREEN !!!