Spying Mission Completed

05 July 2013 09:18
St Johnstone will meet the winners of the Rosenborg-Crusaders tie so it was useful to see the first leg at first hand.

St Johnstone's new manager Tommy Wright has been over the water to see his club's potential Europa League opponents and returned in a confident mood. Belfast was the Thursday night venue for the first leg of the first qualifying round between Rosenborg and Cruasders. The visitors came from behind to end the game as 2-1 wieners on the night. Jordan Owens gave the hosts a shock lead and they put the Norwegian side under pressure throughout.Wright, who will watch Rosenborg take on Lillestrom on Sunday, sais: "Crusaders played very well and were unlucky not to get a draw. That said, Rosenborg rested five players who I feel would probably be termed as normally being in their starting eleven and I think I will get a better feel for them when I see them again on Sunday. Rosenborg are a strong, powerful team and a different proposition from Eskisehirspor last season. I actually think the Turks were better technically but there is no doubting Rosenborg's quality. However, I've come away with the feeling that we can go into the tie with confidence."

Source: ScottishFitba