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Buckley applauds O'Brien brilliance

PAUL McGRATH, Curtis Fleming and Keith Fahey have all established themselves as St Pat's legends in the modern era.

But perhaps some wealthy benefactor will some day erect a statue to unsung hero Ger O'Brien, as it was his stunningly-executed tackle which cut out a late threat from Bosnian side Siroki Brijeg last night and helped the Saints into the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

"That was outstanding from Ger but that just sums up the performance of the team," said Saints boss Liam Buckley.

"Ger was exceptional last night but it's unfair to single out any player as every one of them was magnificent.

"They worked hard, took up the pressure when they had to and did what was asked of them. I'm delighted to be through.

"With a German team waiting in the next round the two clubs last night were desperate to go though and for around 20 minutes in the second half they were holding onto the ball really well and we were struggling a bit, but once we got a grip again and started passing the ball we were more comfortable."

Buckley faced some stiff tests in his own career, like playing for Racing Santander against Barcelona in his Spanish league days, but he's not backing away from the challenge ahead.

"Hannover is a massive test but I am looking forward to it," he told the Herald. "They are a big club and a class side, they reached the quarter-finals of this competition last season. But we will prepare well."