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Caddell targeting more Euro success

By Graham Luney

Declan Caddell says Crusaders are now believing in more European miracles.

The Crues are basking in the glory of their first ever success on the continent but midfielder Caddell hasn't stopped dreaming.

Paul Heatley scored twice as Crusaders beat FK Ekranas 2-1 in Lithuania.

The 5-2 triumph on aggregate booked a showdown with Swedish outfit IF Brommapojkarna in the second qualifying round.

The first leg will be in Sweden on Thursday and the Hatchetmen will be brimming with confidence after rewriting the history books.

An outstanding team performance in humid conditions against a full-time outfit well into their season ensured Stephen Baxter's men returned home as heroes.

"It was a fantastic performance," said Caddell. "All the boys were magnificent.

"We deserved to go through. If you want to beat a full-time side you have to put in the hard graft and we did that.

"I think it was their 18th competitive game of the season which shows how far ahead they are in terms of fitness as we are part-time players just back into training for a few weeks.

"But we knew when we crossed that white line there was a chance to make history for the club and I'm relieved we have managed to achieve that because we have been up against Fulham and Rosenborg in recent seasons and you couldn't ask for tougher assignments."

The European dream lives on for the Crues and Caddell says Brommapojkarna are in for a battle.

"All the boys are buzzing and this result has given us so much confidence and belief," he added.

"It was a first away win for the club in Europe as well which is special.

"I'm always looking at the opposition and analysing their strengths and weaknesses and I think this team are 17th in their league and qualified for the Europa League through the fair play route.

"They aren't the best side in Sweden and if we can perform as a unit like we did in Lithuania we will be hard to beat."

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