Rosenborg V St Johnstone July 18Th Europa League 2Nd Round

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430 tickets sold. We just Marched together as a group through the town to the ground. Locals seemed to enjoy that. All filtering into the ground now. Accompanied by bagpipes all the way here!! Team warming up. Away support are in for a shock tonight!

Enjoy the game at home folks!

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Haha. Kinda hidden in the text above.

"[anecdote: Back in the mid-90's, when Rosenborg were a good team, Molde's manager Åge Hareide, when interviewed before an away match against Rosenborg, said that "to play defensively at Lerkendal is like sending Salman Rushdie on a bicycle through Tehran."]"

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I thought I'd just pass on my best wishes in this evening's tie. All the best of luck and I hope you make it through to the next round.



C'mon the Saintees   :)


Awe the best to Hibs, mind and look after Craig and Vine :wink:

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Per Joar Hansen is expecting a far tougher opponent in St. Johnstone than what Rosenborg met in the first round.
The level of Thursday's opposition can hardly be compared with the amateurs from Belfast, who were knocked out by RBK in the previous round of the Europa League qualifiers.
- No, this is a professional football team. And when you beat Celtic at home in the league, in addition to one draw, it's clear that this will be a tough nut to crack. Even though we believe we can do this over two legs, we have to perform at our best to advance.
And there's no doubt St. Johnstone is a good side. Finishing third in the Scottish league last season is a witness to that.
- They have a good deal of experienced players. Two stable centre backs - a right back with 18 caps for Scotland with a precise foot in attack. Also a left back who is willing to go forward. In midfield they are very complimentary. One hard labourer and one creative midfielder. Hasselbaink on the wing, who is good at getting the opposition out of balance. And then it remains to be seen what they choose up front. They have two men there, who like to have the ball played at their feet, but they could also put on Rory Fallon, who is taller than 190 cm and a classic target man.
But St. Johnstone must also be speculating what attacking players Rosenborg will bring out. Both Nicki Bille and Alexander Søderlund have been cleared to play. And in their absence the replacements have really shone in front of goal. Still, Perry will not say he has a luxury problem in attack.
- No, we don't. It's just how it's supposed to be. We have two good strikers that we can use here now, then we'll see how we use them tomorrow.

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