After the 4-0 win vs Sant Julia last week, we caught up with Europa midfielder Liam Walker, who put in a man of the match performance against the Andorrans, scoring one and assisting two other goals in the comfortable victory.
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What are your thoughts after your man of the match performance for Europa in the 4-0 win against Sant Julia?
Walker – Obviously on a personal note happy to get 2 assist and a goal to help the team but the most importantly very happy with the result and going through to the next round, but most of all with the team’s performance, I think it was a complete performance from the whole team. We kept a clean sheet which shows we were defensively very solid and we scored 4 goals which shows we did the right things going forward and i think the best team on the day won.
It took a bit of time for the first goal to come, and you played a big part in Adrian Gallardo’s opener with a great bit of skill before playing a perfect through ball – was it a case of patience from the team until the goal came which gave Europa the away goal lead?
Walker – “I think until that first goal come, Sant Julia were sitting quite deep and just trying to play on the counter attack so it wasn’t easy to open the scoring, i feel we had a couple of good chances before the goal come but they managed to keep them out and then yeh the goal finally come, i remember it being a long ball in to me from Dayle and i was aware of having a slight bit of time to take the touch and then from there it all just come naturally,the flick over the player and then i took one more touch to get it out of my feet to then put the ball through to Adrian Gallardo who had made a great run and then finished it off even better with a cool finish. I think we knew at some point we would score so it was a case of waiting for that chance and then putting it away as Adri did and then that put us in the driving seat with the 2 away goals.”
We’d seen earlier in the week with Prishtina, and then near the end yesterday with Sant Julia and the late red card, about how a lack of discipline can see teams fall apart and cost them dearly. How important was it that even with some of the fouls coming in from the Andorran side, that Europa kept their calm and discipline throughout?
Walker – “Sending offs and being with a man or 2 down is massive in these games, it is something we keep going on about in the dressing room about being professional and keeping our discipline and having respect out on the pitch. As it showed in both games it was crucial the sending offs especially for Prishtina as at the time it was still 0-0, but St Josephs kept to their game plan and deserved to go through and for Sant Julia I think after their sending off they just gave up and I feel we ended the game a lot fitter than them.”
Next up is Legia Warsaw – what are your thoughts on playing the Polish side?
Walker – “As we know its going to be a tough game, they are a strong team with massive support. We know they are at the end of their pre season so they will be in good shape and i can imagine them being quite a physical side. We play the first leg at home were hopefully we fill the stadium with our fans who have been amazing support. We’ll be looking to take a positive result to the 2nd leg away, we will show them the respect we show to every other team but we will be going out on the pitch to win and to fight for the next round.”