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Hoops hoping to Czech-mate Boleslav in Tallaght tonight


The Hoops are counting down to their second Europa League home game in a week as they put the finishing touches to preparations for tonights first leg clash with Czech side Mlada Boleslav (KO 8pm.)

Rovers come into the game with their tails up after having seen off Icelandic side Stjarnan in the last round with two 1-0 wins.

Tonights opponents Boleslav are still in pre season training mode with the Czech season not due to kick off until the end of the month.

They’ve just completed a training camp in Austria, which included a friendly win over Sturm Graz on Saturday, so may be a little ring rusty tonight.

Playing in only their eight season in Europe, Boleslav’s most accomplished player is probably 35 year old defender and former Czech international Marek Matejovsky, who played in the English Premier League with Reading in 2008-09 and won 15 caps for his country.
Hoops coach Stephen McPhail yesterday spoke about how Mlada Boleslav are a step up in class from Stjarnan but Rovers have reasons to be cheerful.

“We are well into our season so our fitness levels should be better than theirs, it’s a big advantage if you are a player so we have to try and impose ourselves on them.

“We need to take the game to them, it’s about being fearless.

“They are an attacking threat, they can score goals and we’ve to be aware of that.”

“It was great, the way we did it as well and the manner in which we played and took the games to the Icelanders was impressive.”

“It gives a great boost to everyone. We spoke about it after the game how big an achievement it was to win both legs and keep two clean sheets.

“And the way the boys went about it, the way they showed the confidence to play at the right time and then see out the game, it was really impressive from our lads.”

Gaffer Stephen Bradley has an almost entirely fully fit squad to choose from with long term absentee Paul Corry the only player unavailable tonight.