Goals from Jan Vertonghen on 12 minutes and Jermain Defoe in the 75th – therefore matching Martin Chivers’ record of 22 European goals for the club – secured a 2-0 victory in Tiraspol.
However, the Moldovan champions pushed us all the way, created and ultimately missed chances and had a goal disallowed in the first half.
Nevertheless, we made it three wins in three in Group K and kept another clean sheet – our fifth in five matches in Europe this term and 11 in 14 in all competitions.
“We had to work hard,” said Andre. “We went through a moment of the game where rather than 2-0, we could have suffered, and we have to admit that.
“But we kept pushing and 2-0 gave us the stability we needed.
“Still, it was a very good performance - another trip, nine points and that’s completely different from our situation last season.
“The players are putting everything into it and again, we’ve come out with the result we wanted.
“Our objective was to finish qualification with these two games against Sheriff and we’ve given ourselves exactly that possibility in the game at home.
“Hopefully that can happen and put us through.”
Anji’s 1-0 win against Tromso ended our chances of qualifying for the knockout phase of the competition on the night, but victory in the return against FC Sheriff at the Lane on Thursday, November 7 will take us through.