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Hughes says Robins can do it

Created on 12/07/2022 @ 10:27

Newtown will be looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit when they take on HB Torshavn at Park Hall, Oswestry in the European Conference League on Thursday night.

And Manager Chris Hughes has told the club’s website he has now been able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents from the Faroes after last week's 1-0 defeat.

The match will take place at Oswestry's Park Hall ground with Latham Park not meeting criteria but Hughes is confident his squad could turn the tie around. He is likely to adopt a more attacking policy for the second leg.

He said: "Waking up on the morning of the game in Torshavn, we knew that what was already going to be a tough game, was going to be even tougher due to the bad weather and strong winds that greeted us on the morning of the match.

"The conditions were still the same as we arrived at the stadium, and we were prepared for a difficult 90 minutes.

"We defended against the strong wind in the first half, and I thought we were excellent without the ball, and we restricted our opponents to very few opportunities."

The Robins struggled to create throughout a tough 90 minutes in the North Atlantic but Hughes was happy with his side's performance.

He said: "Our good work off the ball continued for the duration of the game and whilst I thought we could have done a bit better with the ball, I was pleased with the overall performance.

"Of course, we conceded a goal which came from a corner which we could have defended better, which in fairness we did do with all the other set plays that we faced."

Hughes will now look to evoke the spirit of past European success and insisted his side had the qualities to win the tie.

He said: "We go into the second leg with a fully fit squad and having now played against HB and having them watched beforehand, we know there will be no surprises for us.

"We have been able to identify their strengths and weaknesses and we feel that there are some areas of their game that we can look to exploit. We look forward to the game on Thursday, we are all raring to go."