Date: 8th August 2009 at 1:10am
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After the reserve outings and the final capitulation against CSKA Moscow last season, Monny assures us we will do our ‘utmost’ to see off Rapid Vienna.

Okay, I’ve got my flame hat well and truly on for this one…I can probably even predict some of the comments, but hey, for me that was a low point. Yet we have people arguing Barry should’ve stayed cause he saw progress…yes he saw exactly how we treated European competition didn’t he!

Anyway.

Martin O’Neill has said after yesterdays draw that sees us pitted against Rapid Vienna and although we can expect a tough two tie against the 32 time Austrian Champions, we will not be treated this challenge lightly.

Monny assures us we will do our ‘utmost’ to progress to the group stages and the official site confirmed we will play at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium on 20th August, with the home leg following 7 days later (27th August for those who have the same trouble as me when it comes to counting).

‘It is a difficult tie – a really tough one. It could have been an easier draw.

‘They have already started their season so I am obviously concerned about that.

‘They are a fine football club with a good pedigree. It is a tie over two legs and one we are desperate to get through because we want to be in that Europa League group stage.

‘We will try our absolute utmost to progress.’


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