'A clean sheet and we’re through' - St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley ahead of Europa League tie

Saints boss is quietly confident about his team's chances of progression as they welcome NK Siroki Brijeg to Richmond Park for the Europa League second qualifying round
St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley hopes that his side's away goal advantage will be enough to see his side through to the next round of the Europa League in tonight's fixture against NK Siroki Brijeg.

The Inchicore club led the first leg tie in Bosnia-Herzegovina for most of the game before conceding a late equaliser, but Buckley believes that the Saints dominated their opponents.

“I thought we played well last week and were terribly unfortunate not to come away with a win," he told StPatsFC.com.

He continued: "I certainly didn’t see them scoring, especially with a few seconds left when they did eventually equalise and after we’d missed a penalty and two or three good chances, including hitting the post.”

St Pat's are unbeaten in ten European games at Richmond Park and Buckley's men will hope to continue that record when they welcome Siroki Brijeg this evening.

And despite the concession of the late equaliser in the first leg, Buckley believes that if his side repeat the level of performance they displayed in Siroki Brijeg, they can progress in the competition.

“At 1-1, the game is back in the mix. They had 10 men for most of last week, so they struggled for large parts of the game," said the Saints boss.

"However I’ve no doubt that they see themselves getting through the tie so it’s going to be a helter skelter game with a lot at stake for both clubs.

“But if we perform like we did last week, we’ll be right in the tie. We have the away goal and a good defensive record this year, a clean sheet and we’re through. So hopefully we can get through and play Hannover 96 next week,” concluded Buckley.

St Patrick's Athletic host NK Siroki Brijeg in the second leg of the Europa League second qualifying round tonight Thursday July 26. Kick off 19:45 BST.