Europa League: Dave Mackay hopes St Johnstone can progress

Dave Mackay: Keen for St Johnstone to progress in the Europa League

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St Johnstone defender Dave Mackay is desperate for them to extend their Europa League run when they face Rosenborg on Thursday.

Frazer Wright scored the only goal in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie in Norway as they look to secure a meeting with either Valletta of Malta or Belarusian side FC Minsk.

Saints had to work hard to secure third place in last season's SPL and with it a place in Europe and Mackay is determined they will not relinquish their place in the competition lightly.

"I played a couple of rounds in Europe during my time at Dundee," he said.

"We played an Albanian team and then Perugia from Italy, so I've experienced this before. It's not something that comes along too often though.

"We spoke in the changing room before the first game about the fact that we had worked so hard last year to earn the right to be here.

"We don't want it to be over after two games. We want to win a few and make it worthwhile."

St Johnstone boast an unbeaten European home record that covers six games over 42 years and Mackay is confident they have enough to quality to see off former Champions League quarter-finalists Rosenborg.

"We have got to take a lot of confidence from last week, we played very well," he added.

"For the first hour we were excellent - it's probably the best we played since I have been here possession wise and creating chances.

"We know we can create chances against them so hopefully we can take a couple of them.

"It's all about belief. Last week we didn't know too much about them. We had watched videos of them, but they can be misleading. So we didn't know what they would be like.

"But after seeing them we now fancy our chances.

"The manager told us even before the first leg that we were good enough to go through. He had watched them a couple of times and set they are beatable. It's proved to be that way."