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McDermott aims to copy Boro
03 Oct 2006 - 13:25:06
Newcastle United coach Terry McDermott has admitted that the Magpies have a difficult task to progress from the group stage of the UEFA Cup.
Glenn Roeder's side have been drawn in Group H alongside Celta Vigo, Fenerbahce, Palermo and Eintracht Frankfurt, but McDermott still thinks United have enough talent to repeat Middlesbrough's run to the final of last season's competition.
"It's a very tough group and, when you look at the other groups, I think it's fair to say ours is the toughest," said McDermott. "There isn't an easy game in there to be honest.
"In terms of quality, the teams are probably much of a muchness. But the way the group system works, you have to say that the home games are crucial and if you win them then you should be all right.
"The first aim is to get through the group stage, and then we can hopefully look forward to being involved after the new year.
"We saw Middlesbrough enjoy a great run last year which took them all the way to the final, and there's no reason why we can't do that.
"We're due a bit of silverware for our fans, and we'll be doing our best to win this, there's no doubt about that."
Newcastle's home games will be against Celta Vigo and Fenerbahce while they face Palermo and Eintracht Frankfurt away.