McDonnell Points To Good Planning

  • Fri, Aug 15, 2008 @ 16:29

St Patrick's Athletic manager John McDonnell believes that good planning helped his side claim a 2-2 draw away to IF Elsborg in the first leg of their Uefa Cup Second Round Qualifier.

After conceding twice in the first-half, The Super Saints improved in the second period and really pushed the home side as they pressed for a game back into the tie.

Mark Quigley gave them just that with a penalty, but it was Gary Dempsey's header on 82 minutes that really gave the away supporters something to cheer about as they got away with two crucial away goals.

McDonnell put the impressive result down to precise planning as the Dublin club spent a lot of time preparing for the tie and setting themselves up with a chance of breaking their Swedish opponents down.

"I'm delighted for everyone, delighted for the supporters, delighted for the players," said McDonnell.

"To be 2-0 down to one of the best teams in Sweden and to show that character.

"The belief was there. There was great fighting spirit but not just fighting spirit, we played some really good football too.

"We can only point them in the right direction but they have to do it. We did a lot of planning, spending two days in a room analysing them. It's worked for us, everything they threw at us, we'd seen on the video and prepared the players for."

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