Manager previews RFS tie15 September 2022
The Jambos are in the Latvian capital ahead of matchday two in Group A action, and the manager knows a higher level of performance will be required if the boys in maroon are to secure a victory in Europe.
“Yeah, we’ve got a near enough full squad that’s travelled,” he told the press in his pre-match media conference. Halkett’s here and Forrest’s here. The only one’s missing are Baningime, Boyce and Snodgrass.
“I wasn’t surprised by (RFS’s) Fiorentina result; they’re a very well organised team. They can play a couple of different formations; three at the back and four at the back.
“They rotate through that but they’ve also got some good physicality. They have players that scored a number of goals last year, and they’ve carried that form into the new season. For us, it’s important we get back to what we’re good at.
“Getting guys like Halkett back, and getting back into the habit of getting the ball into good positions. We’re very early into this group stage, and yes, we’re disappointed that we got beat by Istanbul.
“It’s important that we totally focus on this one. They played here against Linfield so they’re used to the stadium, having played a number of league games at this level.
Finally, the boss was also full of praise for Cammy Devlin – our Aussie midfield maestro received his maiden Socceroos call-up this week for their international double-header with New Zealand.
“Cammy came to Europe to try and play regularly. He’ll be looking to get game time now with the squad, but that all came from playing for Hearts,” the manager beamed.”