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Russian roulette

Posted on 2 November 2011  - 12:00

Joe Jordan is wary of Rubin's need for three points in our Europa League clash on Thursday night.

First team coach Joe Jordan is expecting Rubin Kazan to play for three points in Thursday night's Europa League clash.

Whilst we top Group A with seven points, Rubin sit third on four points, one behind PAOK Salonika with three games to play.

Rubin played well at White Hart Lane in our 1-0 win two weeks ago and created several very good opportunities to score, but Joe expected nothing less from a side that have played Champions League football in recent years.

"They didn't surprise me. They're a team that have good pedigree. They've got good experience and I think we've seen enough of them at White Hart Lane to know how difficult the game will be.

"I thought we played reasonably well at home and Pav's goal was fantastic, but we had to endure a little bit of pressure towards the end which is not a surprise and I think we'll have a similar task to face in Russia."

The Russian Premier League is in its final stages, with Rubin currently residing in sixth place ahead of the final fixture of the season this weekend. They have only lost one game at the Tsentralnyi Stadion since the end of July and Joe believes our opponents will be going all out for the win.

"They've played two games since our fixture and they've won one and drawn one. They beat Dinamo Moscow 2-0 which is a good result. In the games that I've watched them I've seen that they have options and alternatives, and I think he (Rubin manager Kerban Berdyev) is a coach that will change tactics accordingly and I think he'll look at the game, being a home fixture, and the way the table lies, it's important that they win the game.

"We have to give them the respect that they've earned over the years. But if we can get points, whether it's one or three, that would be something that would allow us to look at the remaining two group stage games in a way that would enable us to be a bit more adaptable."