Evan McMillan confident that Bohemians can qualify for next round of Europa League with positive result against Thor

Gypsies take on Icelandic second-tier side Thursday evening in the second leg of Europa League qualifier; defender McMillan and manager Callaghan are hopeful of progress
Bohemians are confident of achieving the right result on Thursday evening in their Europa League qualifier second leg against Thor Akureyri and progress to the next round.

Last week’s first leg finished scoreless despite the Gypsies dominating large spells of possession and squandering some decent chances but defender Evan McMillan declared that he and his team mates are quietly confident they can overcome the Icelandic side.

"Going by the first leg we're very hopeful we can get the right result and get through," he told the Irish Independent.

"Aaron [Callaghan] did a bit of homework on them and what he told us was true, they were quite direct at times. The [first] game was kind of slow-paced so there weren't many chances in it.”

McMillan is aware of the threat Thor will possess on their own patch and feels a clean sheet will be key to whether Bohs can qualify or not.

"They are going to have to try to score a goal, so they will come at us more, which will suit us. So we're hoping that we can get the crucial goal,” he added.

"The way we see it, a clean sheet is key. If we score over here, they have to get two. We're confident if we can score it will be enough. We need to try to up the tempo and play our normal style."

Manager Aaron Callaghan will have to do without the services of midfielder Dave Mulcahy and striker Dinny Corcoran as both players failed to travel due to injury but the Gypsies tactician says his side will not seek to put men behind the ball.

"I think we had to score either way. Why not score away? If we can get one, they've to get two," Callaghan added. "We have to be confident enough that we are going to hold them out as well. Defensively we've been good this year and we haven't conceded an awful lot of goals.

"I think we can cause them problems at set-pieces. Though we had the bulk of the play and a lot of possession at home, our main threat was from set-pieces. We've done a fair bit of work on that in training and hopefully one of them will come off.

"They didn't come out at Dalymount. We're asking our lads to pass and move the ball as we did, though I thought the tempo was a little bit slow in relation to some of the build-up play at home. So we'll try to rectify that," he concluded.