Breslin in plea for Cliftonville fans to pump up volume
Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin is calling on the club's supporters to turn out in their numbers as they attempt to create a little bit of history tomorrow night.
The Reds play host to Welsh outfit The New Saints in the Europa League and with the tie delicately poised at 1-1 following last week's first leg, Breslin is hoping that his side can complete the job, but believes the Reds fans have a part to play.
“It's been 10 years since we've had a European match at Solitude and when we travelled to play TNS last week, the hope was that we could keep the tie alive and bring them back to our place with a chance of going through,” he said.
“We've managed to do that and we've given ourselves a chance of winning. Hopefully the occasion appeals to our support because I know the players would really appreciate it if they had a good crowd behind them.”
The only survivors from the Cliftonville squad for Solitude's last continental joust — an extra-time defeat to Moldovan side Tiligul Tiraspol in the 2001 Intertoto Cup — are the Scannell brothers and though Ronan is not expected to take part tomorrow, skipper Chris makes his return after missing the initial clash with TNS due to his honeymoon.
Ciaran Donaghy's European suspension has also now been served, while new boys Peter Steele and John Convery continue to edge nearer match fitness, leaving Breslin with additional options.
“I was very pleased with how we competed in the first leg,” he added.
“This will be a different kind of game, though. Whereas over there our job was to close down the space and work hard to frustrate TNS, the onus will be on us to attack and with our fans making a bit of noise, I believe we have a chance of getting the result we want.”
l ADMISSION to Cliftonville's clash with TNS is set at £12 and £6, however adults in possession of any Irish League Season Ticket for either the 2010-11 or 2011-12 campaigns can avail of a £2 discount.