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Wreaths and candles in Vienna (Matthias Schrader/AP)

Wreaths and candles in Vienna (Matthias Schrader/AP)

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Wreaths and candles in Vienna (Matthias Schrader/AP)

Striker Pat Hoban has insisted Dundalk feel safe after flying in for their Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna just days after a suspected terrorist attack in the Austrian capital.

The SSE Airtricity League champions face Rapid at the Weststadion this evening - a minute's silence will be held before kick-off and the players will wear black armbands - with Monday's incident, in which a gunman killed three people and left several more wounded, casting a pall over the country.

Asked if there had been a reluctance within the squad to make the trip, Hoban said: "No. We were given the go-ahead to come and play, and that's our job, so we don't have any choice.

"Obviously seeing everything that happened, it is a little bit scary, but the reaction from the people in Vienna, the police and the security that we have over here makes us feel safe, so we feel safe to be here.

"It's obviously terrible what happened and the lads were obviously scared to see what happened from what they saw on social media. It was horrible to see.

"All you can do is give your condolences to the people that live here. It's just tragic."

The Group B rivals will meet with both yet to collect a point and, after defeats by Premier League outfit Arsenal and Norwegian side Molde, Dundalk know that must change.

Asked if they believed they could get a result in Vienna, Hoban said: "We have to, we've no choice. We've no points after two games.

"Hopefully we can put in a performance and come away from here with something."

Belfast Telegraph


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