PERRIN STILL OPTIMISTIC
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
TROYES coach Alain Perrin believes his side are still in the hunt for Uefa Cup qualification, following Patrice Loko`s late goal against Leeds.
Former Paris Saint Germain forward Loko (pictured) grabbed his second goal of the night in the 81st-minute, and Perrin believes that it will be possible to overturn the 4-2 deficit in two weeks` time.
"The second Loko goal is very important because it gives us a little hope before the return match, even if it will be very difficult," asserted Perrin.
The Troyes boss had nothing but praise for The Whites, but bemoaned his side`s defensive frailties.
"Leeds were far stronger than us, we lost against a beautiful team and we didn't have enough defensive qualities. Leeds took advantage of that," he noted.
He did praise the resilience of his charges, adding: "At 2-0, I thought we could get a harsh punishment.
"Before the return leg, we know that Leeds can win in our stadium.
"We have to be better in defence to win. But down to ten, we can say we won 1-0."
Loko is confident ahead of the return clash, saying: "The first 15 minutes were really difficult. We were overwhelmed by their enthusiasm and I think our first goal made us feel better.
"When I scored the second goal at the end of the match, I thought there will be something to do for the return match.
"I think we still have a chance, we know that two goals in a European Cup, it's always possible."