Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter hoping for some home cheer in Europa League

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter
Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter

Manager Stephen Baxter is hoping for some home cheer when Crusaders renew rivalries with IF Brommapojkarna at Seaview on Thursday night (7.45pm kick-off).

The Crues suffered a 4-0 defeat to the Swedish side in the first leg of their Europa League second qualifying round tie last week.

The heavy reverse has turned Thursday’s return leg into a bit of a dead rubber as far as Crusaders’ European aspirations are concerned.

But determined boss Baxter is hoping his side can earn a home success at Seaview.

“They were very sharp and slick last week and scored four goals – they probably could have had more,” Baxter said.

“That’s what you get when you come up against quality full-time opposition, and it is always going to be a massive test for us.

“But I was proud of my players. They stuck to a gameplan but were undone by some quality. We will now prepare for Thursday’s return leg at Seaview and hopefully get a decent result for the fans.

“We have to enjoy these games in Europe.”

Suspended Josh Robinson misses the game.