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Blues believe promotion is on - O'Brien

WATERFORD UNITED boss Paul O'Brien has told his players to make their fans' wishes come true by outwitting Dundalk in a playoff tonight to reclaim their place in the Premier Division.

The Blues have endured three seasons in Division One but a return to the Premier Division is in sight: United play Dundalk at the RSC in the second leg of the promotion-relegation playoff tonight, after the first leg in Oriel Park finished 2-2.

Home form is a concern for the Blues who have managed just one win in the last seven games but boss O'Brien, who took over from Stephen Henderson last year, says that his side have nothing to fear.

"We have a great belief in our ability and fear no one, and we travelled to Dundalk on Tuesday in great spirits," he says.

"Our squad was tested by injuries and suspensions but every player played his part.

"The 2-2 result means we now play at the RSC with our destiny in our own hands. We can look forward to the game in the knowledge that we are well capable of achieving what all Blues supporters dream of."



Ledley: Celts fully focused

Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley insists there will be no slacking when the Hoops face Dundee United three days before their return game against Barcelona.

Celtic lost 2-0 at home to Kilmarnock days after coming within seconds of taking a Champions League point in the Nou Camp. But they bounced back in style on Tuesday with a 5-0 victory over St Johnstone in the League Cup quarter-finals.

And Ledley is sure they will not be thinking ahead to the visit of the Catalan giants when they face United on Sunday.

"It's one we're looking forward to and we'll have to make sure we keep up our recent form. We've gone from the Champions League, to the SPL, to the League Cup, and each one is really different.

"But we've done this before. We had the same thing last year when we played in the Europa League and we adapted well."


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