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TEEMU'S GOAL

Posted on 14 September 2006  - 12:00

Teemu Tainio believes the scoring of an away-goal will do much to determine the outcome of our UEFA Cup tie against Slavia Prague.

Teemu Tainio believes the scoring of an away-goal will do much to determine the outcome of our UEFA Cup tie against Slavia Prague.

The midfielder, of course, would like to and is aiming to enter into the second leg on the back of a win tonight, but reasons it is simply finding the net that is all-important on your travels.

"It is always very hard, particularly in eastern Europe," said the Finn on the contest in Prague. "I have not been to the Czech Republic before, but I know it will be a big game for them with Tottenham coming.

"The main thing is scoring a goal, a 1-1 draw would be good for us, but we are going there looking for the win before finishing the job at home.

"Away goals are so important. Imagine drawing 0-0 over there and them scoring an early goal at our place. I am very confident over our chances of going through."

Teemu, a seasoned campaigner in Europe from his days at Auxerre, added that UEFA Cup exposure will only benefit those yet to feature in the competition.

"I have played maybe 20 UEFA Cup games and it is nice to be back. It will be a good experience for our younger players and the games are very different from our league games.

"Slavia, like the Czech national team, play very good football. We have a big squad and really want to go a long way in the cups to keep everybody busy.

"We must do what we do best and not change too much. We have spoken to Radek, he says Slavia are a good team, but we should go through."