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KEY FIXTURE

Posted on 29 November 2007  - 12:00

Gus Poyet sees tonight's home encounter against Aalborg as the key game in our UEFA Cup group.

Gus Poyet sees tonight's home encounter against Aalborg as the key game in our UEFA Cup group.

We recovered from defeat in the first of our four group games against Getafe to beat Hapoel Tel Aviv last time out and now face the Danish side knowing victory should be enough to progress into the last 32 - six points booked your place in the last 32 last season.

"I've watched a few videos, read the scouting reports and Aalborg are a difficult side to play against," reported the first team coach. "They are seven games unbeaten, very organised, a big side, put a lot of effort into set-peices and break quickly.

"It's one of those games you have to be spot on to win.

"We have to concentrate and play quick, play it simple and be patient because they will have players behind the ball. It's a UEFA Cup game and we have to play at that level.

"We have to be patient and we'll need the supporters behind us and a great atmosphere for 90, 95 minutes.

"People say to me 'teams play in front of big crowds every week' but I say 'no, it only happens in England'. There's no other country in Europe that you play every week in front of a full house and we want them under pressure with the noise from the stadium."