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Monday 23 October 2017

Boss Berg's worry over Dublin date

Legia Warsaw boss Henning Berg. Picture: Lukasz Grochala/SPORTSFILE
Legia Warsaw boss Henning Berg. Picture: Lukasz Grochala/SPORTSFILE

UNDER-PRESSURE Legia Warsaw boss Henning Berg admits he is concerned about the side's form ahead of Wednesday's vital Champions League battle with St Patrick's Athletic in Dublin.

Legia were booed off by their own fans after they needed an injury-time goal to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Pats in the first leg of their Champions League tie last week, but the start of the new league season in Poland has only added to the misery - and the pressure on Berg - as Legia went down 1-0 at home to GKS Belchatow on Saturday.

Defeat to Pat's would see Legia exit Europe and Berg knows that a tough night awaits in Tallaght.

"Against St Pat's we could have scored more goals but we didn't reach the levels we are capable of," said the former Manchester United man.

"Of course, it won't be easy in Dublin. The team we play will be different to the one we played on Saturday. We still have 36 league games to play and we must remember from last season that you can't cry after one defeat.

"I am more concerned about the way we play and on Wednesday, the sole aim has to be to advance to the next round," he added.

Meanwhile, Shelbourne moved to within a point of Division One leaders Longford Town thanks to a 2-0 win away to Shamrock Rovers 'B' yesterday.

First half goals from Dylan Connolly (21 mins) and Lee Duffy (33 mins) gave Shels a valuable lead and made it seven straight defeats for Colin Hawkins's Rovers side.

Cork City boss John Caulfield will make changes to his side for tonight's EA Sports Cup quarter-final tie away to Shamrock Rovers, a game refixed after the initial game was postpined.

"We will make changes. To be fair to quite a few of the guys, they need games. The priority for us is to qualify for Europe, and while it is a quarter final and we want to give it our best shot, there are guys on the bench who need games," says Caulfield.

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