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Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon would savour Drogheda tie in the Europa League

Updated: Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 13:52 | Comments

Pat Fenlon's side could face Drogheda or Malmo of Sweden
Pat Fenlon's side could face Drogheda or Malmo of Sweden

Boss Pat Fenlon believes Hibernian have a "decent" chance of progressing in the qualifying stages of the Europa League with a possible tie with Drogheda United ahead.

The Edinburgh club will take on either Drogheda or Malmo of Sweden in the second qualifying round.

Fenlon told the club's website: "It's not a bad draw from a logistical point of view.

"Our worst case scenario would've been to travel halfway around the world for one of the games.

"Drogheda are a decent side and one that I know very well indeed - I watched them beat Bohemians 3-0 a couple of weeks ago.

"I also know their manager really well, so from my perspective that would probably be the ideal scenario.

"But Drogheda have got a really tough tie against Malmo, who are a quality European side with a great pedigree.

"The fact they are Sweden's most successful club tells its own story.

"Now we've got plenty of opportunities to see both teams a few times and obtain all the relevant info before the second qualifying round takes place in a few weeks' time.

"If we can play to our best and produce a committed and controlled performance then I believe we've got a decent chance."

"Drogheda are a decent side ... I watched them beat Bohemians 3-0 a couple of weeks ago." - Pat Fenlon

Meanwhile, new St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright would like to see his first game in charge of the Perth side take place in his homeland - but admits it is more likely to be hosted by Rosenborg.

The Northern Irishman's side were drawn to play either Crusaders or the Norwegian outfit.

Former Saints number two Wright told Press Association Sport: "I was thinking that it would be quite ironic if my first game in charge was against a Northern Irish side.

"It would be nice to go back if it was Crusaders. But we can't second guess things.

"I certainly know a bit more about Crusaders but Rosenborg are a big side who have been in the Champions League in the past.

"The good thing about the draw is that no matter what team we get, logistically it won't be a problem."

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