Coleman backs Rovers to rise to challenge

Bit o’ Red boss John Coleman has told his players they can rise to the occasion against Rosenborg on Thursday in Europa League second round first leg.

Rovers travelled to Trondheim on Wednesday afternoon and trained at the Lerkendal Stadium ahead of the match with the Norwegian side.

Aaron Greene, Raffaele Cretaro, Jeff Henderson and Joseph Ndo have been ruled out with injury and haven’t made the trip.

Young players Ruairi Keating, who turned 19 on Wednesday, and Regan Donelon have been added to the squad which is 18 players in total.

John Coleman said: "In my experience of managing, every team I've taken to a higher team or ranked higher, we've always performed better and risen to the occasion. I'm expecting this to be no different. We came home from FK Banga desperately disappointed that we didn't come away with an away goal and I'll feel the same tomorrow if we don't get one.

"It will be very different to FK Banga. I don't think there is a learning curve from the Banga game. One, the standard of the opposition will be different and two the atmosphere will be different. But we are prepared, we have done our homework and we know quite a bit about Rosenborg, as I'm sure they know quite a bit about us.

“We are in a position where we are there to give it our best shot and we are going to go try to win the game.

“I'm lucky in that I've got access to quite a wide range of scouting network so that has been advantageous to me.

"I like the two strikers. They have a wealth of experience and they have quality international players. But you have to be careful you don't put too much emphasis on the opposition and not worry about yourselves. First and foremost we have to get ourselves right. We have to work on our pattern of play, the style that we want to play and the shape that we want to play. That is what we've been doing the last couple of days.

“Obviously it has been difficult because we have had so many injuries that we have had to mix and match the players. We are pretty much settled how we're going to go and if we can get it right ourselves we hope Rosenborg are worrying about ourselves rather than the other way around.”

Kick-off is 6pm on Thursday.

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