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We'll need to be at our best - Scott

Posted on 20 February 2013  - 15:35

Scott Parker agrees with William Gallas – insisting we have to play our normal game in Lyon on Thursday night.

We'll need to be at our best - Scott

The squad arrived in France on Wednesday afternoon and will now put the final preparations together for tomorrow night’s Europa League Round of 32, second leg against the Ligue 1 title-chasers.

We’ve a narrow 2-1 lead from the first leg at the Lane last week and therefore a goalless draw would see us through - but Scott echoed William’s view that playing for that scenario isn’t in our nature.

“Of course, not conceding a goal would be ideal but we can’t go there with the mentality of trying to get a 0-0 draw,” said Scott.

“We need to be solid defensively but at the same time we have players who can cause them problems. We’ve got to be ourselves, to try and nick a goal and win the game.”

Scott and Mousa Dembele had a tough battle in central midfield as Lyon set-up with a 4-5-1 formation in the first leg and Scott has a hunch the home side will still look to hit us on the counter at the Stade de Gerland.

“They had an overload in midfield and I don’t think they’ll play a lot differently, perhaps they’ll come out a little more, but I think they are more likely to try to hit us on the counter-attack if they can,” he added.

“We know it will be tough. They are well-organised with a wealth of Champions League experience and some very good players.

“We’ll need to be at our best to get a result but we’ve showed our quality away from home this season and we’re hoping to put in another positive performance.”