Europa League: Paddy Cregg hopes St Johnstone continue exciting European run
St Johnstone midfielder Paddy Cregg hopes his side can keep Perth buzzing with a lengthy Europa League run.
Last Updated: 08/08/13 11:52pm
Tommy Wright's men have already taken the scalp of relative European giant Rosenborg in their qualifying campaign, and they face FC Minsk at McDiarmid Park on Thursday hopeful of defending the 1-0 lead they took in Belarus.
Victory would put Saints into the Play-Off round, within two games of a place in the lucrative group stage, and they are expecting a bumper crowd to try and continue their fine form which also included a 1-0 win over Hearts to open the Scottish Premiership season on Sunday.
Cregg said: "We need to make sure we can get a good result so we can keep our confidence up. The whole place, the town and everything, will be buzzing if we do manage to get through and set up a massive play-off game.
"I stay in Perth and you don't normally feel that level of expectation when you are out walking about the place.
"But there was a real sense before the Rosenborg game that people were behind us. Now there's a bit of a buzz about the Minsk game too, which is good.
"For league games, you don't get much of that but now there seems to be this buzz building around the town.
"Before we played Rosenborg, everyone I bumped into was wishing us luck and it's the same for this game as well.
"There's no pressure because of the fans' expectations. We're just feeding off that support. The lads want to play for the town and our very loyal supporters. We want to get more of them along.
"If it means doing well in this competition and hopefully persuading more of them to come to our league games, then that is what we aim to do.
"But they do seem to savour these big games. Last year when we played Eskisehirspor, there was 6,000 and something here and then for the game against Rosenborg, it was the biggest crowd I've witnessed since I've been here.
"Hopefully it will be more of the same on Thursday. We appreciate those who do turn out because these things cost money and the fans are making a sacrifice to come and support us. We will try our best for them."