Dundee United striker Steven Fletcher has praised the workforce’s followers after 2,000 had been reported to be travelling to Holland for tonight’s conflict with AZ Alkmaar. United lead 1-0 from the primary leg however face an enormous problem if they’re to progress to the Europa Convention play-off spherical.
United punters have travelled of their numbers regardless of the sport being proven on BBC and former Scotland striker Fletcher, 35, mentioned: ‘It’s good for us that 2,000 followers are travelling. We’ll use that as a driving pressure.’
United boss Jack Ross admitted his males should increase their sport once more if they’re to beat Alkmaar, who had been fifth within the Eredivisie final time period. Alkmaar had been unbeaten in 5 dwelling European ties final season and beat Celtic 2-1 in Holland in a Europa League play-off, though they misplaced the tie on combination. Ross mentioned: ‘AZ’s dwelling report in Europe is superb over the previous six or seven years.
‘I’m enthusiastic about it although. I feel the gamers rose to the problem final week and so they’ll want to take action once more on Thursday. The efficiency must be a minimum of on par with final week’s at dwelling.’
Aziz Behich has been given the inexperienced gentle to hitch the Dundee United squad for his or her Europa Convention qualifier in opposition to AZ Alkmaar tonight within the Netherlands.
The 31-year-old needed to wait on a piece allow after becoming a member of the Tannadice membership from Turkish aspect Giresunspor final month. The approval for the left-back has are available time for the second leg of the third qualifying spherical on the AFAS Stadion the place United take a 1-0 lead from final week.
United boss Jack Ross mentioned: ‘We bought affirmation of his work allow approval yesterday lunchtime which meant he can journey and be concerned within the squad. It’s a huge enhance for us. It has been massively irritating for him. He has been determined to play for the final two or three video games so it’s good to have him out there. I’m wanting ahead to seeing him on the pitch finally.’
Ross believes Behich, capped 52 instances for Australia, has all of the attributes to be a hit at Tannadice. The previous Hibernian and Sunderland boss mentioned: ‘Initially, he brings competitors in that space of the pitch.
‘Secondly, enormous worldwide pedigree, European league expertise, he’s an all-round good participant. Nothing a lot will faze him, there’s a steeliness about his play and an power and I feel United followers will get pleasure from watching him, how dedicated he’s to wish to be a hit. A part of the attraction of coming is he needed a brand new problem and from attending to know him the previous couple of weeks, he’s somebody who’s all in with that.
‘He’s aggressive in all elements of his play, how he defends, how he desires to get ahead. He’s fast and that power and deliveries from the left-hand aspect of the pitch can be essential, perhaps in several roles at totally different instances in several video games.
‘He’s determined to play. He’s had a style by taking within the ambiance at video games in Scotland and the ambiance within the European sport has whetted the urge for food much more.’
AZ Alkmaar head coach Pascal Jansen is assured his aspect will undergo to face Riga or Gil Vicente within the play-off spherical. He mentioned: ‘We’re very assured we’re going to get the job achieved, however I do know Dundee United will give us an enormous battle. We’ll have to offer it all the things.’
AZ Alkmaar striker Vangelis Pavlidis mentioned: ‘It was troublesome in Scotland. Their crowd gave them power however we’re at dwelling in entrance of our followers. We performed
higher final season at dwelling.’
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