Wood says it's time for a Welsh Premier club to get a result in Europe
JAMIE Wood says it's time for Welsh Premier clubs to put up or shut up in Europe.
With the exiled Football League clubs clamouring for a chance to return to Uefa
competitions, the Saints' striker thinks it's time to end Welsh domestic clubs'
poor record to silence the ciritics.
And 25-year-old Wood thinks tonight's UEFA Cup preliminary round clash with
Osters is the perfect opportunity to do just that.
"The mood in the camp is really positive and so it should be," said
the former Manchester United trainee.
"We've played well as a team during our games in Ireland, we managed to
keep three clean sheets and there's no reason why we can't get a fourth.
"It's important for us to get a result to keep the tie alive for the home
leg, and we feel optimistic about doing that.
"There's been a lot said about Welsh clubs in Europe, but we feel capable
of making a stand. If we can do the business over two legs, then it will silence
a few people."
Wood, who grabbed a hat-trick in Saturday's 4-0 win at Portadown, thinks last
year's 7-0 aggregate defeat at the hands of Manchester City will aid TNS in
their Swedish challenge.
"We went into the games against City not expecting anything and - in the
end - not getting anything," he said.
"But we learned a lot from that experience and, hopefully, we can call
on that this time round."