Dundalk star Stephen O'Donnell: We can beat BATE in crunch Champions League clash
Dundalk captain Stephen O’Donnell believes the Lilywhites can better their performance in Belarus to overcome BATE Borisov in tomorrow night’s Champions League qualifier.
The reigning SSE airtricityy League Premier Division champions went down 2-1 in the first leg last Wednesday, but stephen Kenny’s side take a vital away goal into the second leg, and O’Donnell insists his team-mates were disappointed to lose in Barysaw.
“I suppose disappointing is the word that would spring to mind. We’re disappointed that we lost the match but we matched them in a lot of areas and we played very well on the night. We had chances and got the away goal,” he said.
“The tie is still very much alive and that’s what we’re happy about. We can’t wait for the game tomorrow now – 2-1 the game is still there for us.”
The 29-year-old was playing in European competition for the first time in three years having missed Dundalk’s Europa League games against Hajduk Split last year.
“They are the kind of games you want to be playing in. You want to be playing in the Champions League, in European competition and at the highest level. It’s what you dream about when you’re younger and work hard to get there,” he said.
“Proper football is what I call it. Great stadium, great crowd and lovely pitch. It was good to be out there and we want to finish the job next week.”
He added: “There’s plenty more to come. We just have to make sure that we are fully zoned in now for the game.
“We have to prepare well now – we’ll be in over the weekend in training, watching the game back on DVD and getting our tactics right again.”