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A test in Tallaght

Posted on 15 December 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp insists it will be a tough job to beat Shamrock Rovers tonight – without even thinking of the margin of victory we need to have any chance of progressing in the Europa League.

Harry Redknapp insists it will be a tough job to beat Shamrock Rovers tonight – without even thinking of the margin of victory we need to have any chance of progressing in the Europa League.

The manager admits we’ve left ourselves with mountain to climb after defeat at home to PAOK in Matchday Five.

It means we have topple Shamrock by five goals but our destiny is no longer in our hands – we also have to hope PAOK beat Rubin Kazan in the other group match.

However, Harry wouldn’t even contemplate suggesting that we’d go out and turn over the newly-crowned Airtricity League champions by five goals.

“This will be a tough game for us, no doubts about it,” said Harry. “We’ve left ourselves in an almost impossible position after losing at home to PAOK.

“It’s a difficult task and I’m not going to disrespect Shamrock Rovers by suggesting that we’re going to score five or six goals.

“To win the game alone will be a difficult enough task but we’ll try to do that and go from there.”

Rovers impressed in Matchday Two at the Lane, when they took the lead via Stephen Rice in the 50th minute before three quick goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe and Giovani turned it around in our favour for a final 3-1 scoreline.

Asked what was going through his mind on the bench when Rovers took that shock lead, Harry replied: “It wasn’t a nice position to be in.

“We were red-hot favourites and we don’t want to lose any game. I want to win on Thursday night. We had a strong enough team against PAOK but we made a poor start and couldn’t get the goals back.

“We’ve come here with a decent team and we want to win this game.”