St Johnstone: Tommy Wright plots Europa League progress

 

Uefa Europa League 2nd qualifying round 2nd leg

  • Venue: McDiarmid Park
  • Date: Thursday, 25 July
  • Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Coverage: BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW, on digital radio and live text commentary

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has described Thursday's Europa League clash against Rosenborg as "one of the biggest games in the club's history".

Saints hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg in Norway courtesy of Frazer Wright's goal.

"The players have given us a great opportunity to progress because I don't think anyone gave us a chance in Norway," he told BBC Scotland.

"Hopefully it's going to be a memorable night."

We'll probably have a massive crowd tonight and we've got to be careful we don't get carried away with the occasion

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright

Wright described the win in Norway as "a tremendous achievement" but cautioned against complacency ahead of the game at McDiarmid Park.

"As I've been saying, it's only half-time and we have to start all over again tonight and probably have to work even harder to get a result.

"First and foremost we have to limit them to very few opportunities; we did that last week.

"However, we've also got to have a goal threat and can't just be sitting in. I can't see where our gameplan will change too much.

"We'll probably have a massive crowd tonight and we've got to be careful we don't get carried away with the occasion.

"I'm looking for a disciplined performance."

Responding to reports that Rosenborg coach Per Joar Hansen believes Wright is playing mind games ahead of the tie, the St Johnstone boss said: "I'm not intelligent enough to play mind games.

"They're the biggest club in Norway with a budget of £20m and for them not to get through, I can't see how that will be anything but a disaster for them.

"That's not mind games, it's just a fact."