TOMMY WRIGHT isn’t quite ready to give up on Europe just yet, despite the desperately disappointing 2-1 home defeat last Thursday against FK Trakai.

The Irishman knows that his side performed better away from home last season and he has no fears in taking his side to Lithuania to attempt to turn the Europa League qualifier around.

“I’m more confident of winning the game but being 2-1 down in the tie certainly gives Trakai the advantage and they are obviously favourites,” Wright admitted.

“Having watched the game back on a few occasions, we could have won it quite easily.

“It was a game where we created more chances than the opposition. But they did look dangerous and a threat.

“Ultimately they took their chances which we didn’t do. We need to make sure we are ruthless when we go over there.”

Wright’s players, he believes with be better prepared for the challenge in Vilnius and a increased sharpness could make all the difference when it comes to taking chances.

“I don’t like making excuses, but this time we should be that little bit sharper and little bit fitter.

“I always say that first competitive game of the season is always important to get out of the way,” Wright revealed.

“It’s one players don’t really look forward to. No matter how much work you do, you always feel as if you’re trying to get your second wind.

“If we had been playing away first and won 2-1, then you would think it was a great result.

“We know we need to do better and that is the bottom line. We need to do better in terms of how easy it was for their goals.

“And up the other end of the pitch we need to be clinical,” he stated.

“This is a squad which has gone to Aberdeen and scored five, can go to Rangers, Celtic and difficult places and get the right result.

“It’s the old cliché that it’s only half-time but they have the advantage with the two away goals.”



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