Andy Morrison hails 'incredible' Gap Connah's Quay after Europa League victory


Tom Norris

ANDY MORRISON labelled his record breaking Gap Connah’s Quay “absolutely incredible” and insists his side’s European adventure isn’t done just yet.

The well-drilled Nomads became the first ever Welsh outfit to keep back-to-back cleansheets in European competition as they overcame Stabaek 1-0 on aggregate.

Callum Morris proved the hero as his low strike settled the tie and handed Nomads a second qualifying round clash with Vojvodina of Serbia.

“It is incredible, absolutely incredible,” declared Morrison, who revealed that the reaction of the Norwegian’s, who have since parted company with manager Billy McKinlay, when the draw was made, as well as odds of 25/1 on a Nomads victory in the second-leg, inspired his side.

“I was in Geneva in the conference centre when the draw was made and I saw how elated they were when they were paired with us.

“They saw the teams they could have got and there were celebrations when we came out because they had a Welsh team and everybody wants a Welsh team.

“Then after the 0-0 draw in the first-leg we were odds of 25/1 to win the second-leg, which I think showed a complete and utter lack of respect. It was disrespectful.

“I told the lads ‘how dare they make us 25/1 after we could have beaten them in the first-leg’. It is important to try and get any motivation we can and that helped. It was a staggering achievement to keep back-to-back cleansheets and it has been a proud few days for the club.”

Nomads will fly to Serbia on Wednesday looking to continue their European adventure by toppling Vojvodina, who overcame Bokelj 6-1 on aggregate.

Morrison has already been working on a game plan to try and topple Thursday’s hosts, who head to Wales for the return leg on July 21.

Asked what he has made of Vojvodina, Morrison said: “They are big, strong and aggressive. They will be physical and aggressive, more so than the Norwegian’s.

“I’ve watched their last two 90 minutes and they are better than Stabaek, but because they haven’t started their season yet they may be of the same standard. They have got some exceptional players, but then again so did Stabaek and we managed to stifle them.

“If we get to half time against Vojvodina without conceding a goal that will be over 400 minutes since we conceded if you take into account the Carmarthen and Airbus play-off games.

“If you have that kind of stability it only takes one set-play or a moment of brilliance to get you through.”

Morrison stopped short of predicting another momentous victory for Nomads, but he is confident his side can make it uncomfortable for Vojvodina.

“I’ve got to say yes,” responded Morrison when asked whether he felt Nomads could reach this stage of the competition.

“If you look at my notes from before the games I haven’t played things down. I said we are not going over there to come back with people from Stabaek saying ‘aren’t Nomads a nice team’ and to make new friends.

“I said we would be going over there to rattle some cages because I believed we could do something.”

Nomads will be without John Disney for the first-leg of their second qualifying round clash because of suspension.

Disney was shown a second yellow card after being substituted last Thursday.

Morrison explained: “John was shown a second yellow card for cooling down. You aren’t allowed to do that in Europe.”

Goalkeeper John Danby will be fit and defender Paul Linwood should return after missing the last match because of work commitments, although Kevin Holsgrove has a hip problem.

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