Friday, August 06, 2010
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Saints to face sell-out crowd in Brussels

THE New Saints will play in front of a 25,000 sell-out crowd as they bid to overturn a 3-1 Champions League deficit against Anderlecht on Tuesday night.

The Belgian champions, who regularly fill the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium for league games during their regular season, sold the last remaining tickets on Monday, with the TNS contingent overwhelmingly outnumbered.
A second party of 35 supporters left Oswestry early on Tuesday morning to join the 20 or so who crossed the channel on Monday.
Meanwhile, skipper Evans has urged his troops to believe they can get the job done.
Knowing they will qualify for the Europa League if they do lose, Evans believes the Saints are in a win-win situation and, with all the pressure on Anderlecht, he is confident they can cause a huge upset.
"We have nothing to lose," he told icWales.
"We won’t be silly but we know we have to throw caution to the wind a little bit if we are to score three goals.
"It will be a tall order but we showed that we are capable of creating chances and scoring goals.
"There is definitely goals in this team and we will be travelling to their place full of confidence for the task ahead.
"We gave away three sloppy goals at the Racecourse and that is something we have to work on.
"But at times we showed we could match them and hopefully we can put it right.
"All of the lads showed a lot of character in the first leg and we will be travelling to Belgium with a lot of confidence."
Anderlecht boss Ariel Jacobs also warned his team the tie wasn’t over yet.
"The Saints showed that they have character," he said.
"They played with a great deal of heart and they also showed us that they can play in a very un-British way, too.
"The tie is not yet over because its football and, while the ball is still round, it can go anywhere.
"We cannot afford to assume otherwise.
"The Saints have players that have shown that they know how to handle a ball and know what to do with possession."
Photo: Anderlecht's Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

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