ABERYSTWYTH TOWN boss, Ian Hughes claims all the pressure will be on Derry City when the sides meet in tomorrow night’s Europa League qualifier at Brandywell Stadium. (Kick-off 7.45 p.m.)
The Welsh Premier League club put the finishing touches to their preparations for the first round tie during a training session at the Lone Moor Road venue this evening (Wednesday).
So after getting his first taste of the setting for tomorrow’s much anticipated European clash, what was his first impression?
“It’s a lovely city,” he said. “It’s quite a traditional city and it’s what we’re used to back in the UK and Wales really. So even though it’s a European game there’s a homely feel to it.”
Hughes is confident his side can secure an away goal to keep the tie alive going into the return leg at Park Avenue. And although he considers his troops to be slight underdogs, he is hopeful he can guide the club to a first ever European victory.
“We’re here to win the tie, not necessarily the game,” he said. “If we win the game then great but we must understand that it’s a two legged tie and we really want an occasion back home a week on Thursday.
“So to have that occasion we have to make sure we perform properly tomorrow. It’s an historic occasion for the club and the players can be history makers. We’ve spoken about that and about applying ourselves in the right way. We’ve got a great chance but obviously we’re under no illusions about how difficult it’s going to be. Derry are a strong physical team and they’ve got technically gifted players. We’ve got all our player available and we’ve strengthened to our squad from last season.
“So we’re expecting a quite tight tie. We expect Derry to come out at us. Being halfway through their season at needing to win the game the pressure is all on them. They’re the home team, they’re the seeded team. So we’re coming here and going to make it as difficult as we can for them.
“It’s been 10 years since we last played in Europe and we want to experience occasions like this more often. We’re here representing Wales which is a big honour for the club,” he added.