Dean Ebbe praises European adventure with The New Saints and wishes FC Midtjylland well for remainder of UEFA Europa League
New Saints striker Dean Ebbe praised The New Saints’ European adventure as it came to a premature end last night as they suffered a 3-1 loss to FC Midtjylland at the MCH Arena.
The 24-year-old Irish forward scored the goal which brought The New Saints back into the game, and although they were eliminated in the third qualification phase of the UEFA Europa League, he feels that the journey was worthwhile and believes that Midtjylland have the credentials to go far in the competition.
“I thought we did very well in first-half when the score was at 1-1,” said Ebbe.
“We could have got the next goal and pushed them on a bit but it has been a good journey all the way through with the six games, but they’re a good team and they will go far in the tournament and I wish them all the best.”
The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker also praised The New Saints for having a fantastic attitude as they didn’t give in and said the Oswestry-based outfit were unlucky to go out on the night.
“The boys put in a shift in every single game. In the changing room, nobody gives up. They’re a great bunch of lads and hopefully, we can bring everything on into next year.”
“We kept going, kept fighting, kept believing because when the game was level at 1-1, we were still very much in the tie, we just needed to get that next goal but when they scored to make it 2-1 it sort of killed the game for us. But the boys kept going, kept digging, and we were just unlucky to go out on the night.”
The New Saints will now travel to early leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads on Sunday afternoon in a top of the table clash at the Deeside Stadium and hopes with the right recovery; they can get the right result against Andy Morison’s side.
“It is always tough going up there and trying to get a result,” he said.
“But we just need to rest now. It is essential we get some recovery in and hopefully we can dig in to get the result we want as a team.”
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