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Murray is eager to make point

SHAMROCK Rovers are members of an exclusive club in European football, and the Hoops will be doing all they can to break out of it in Kazan tonight, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

After four games in the group stage of the Europa League, in true Eurovision style, three of the 48 teams in the competition remain on 'nul points': Rovers, Malmo and AEK Athens.

Captain Dan Murray says the panel are desperate to ensure that Rovers do not conclude their debut in the group stages of a major competition with nothing on the board.

So the aim remains to get at least a point from the final two games of the competition, away to Rubin tonight and at home to Spurs next month.

"I think it was great when we qualified," said Murray.

"We got a good few pats on the back for being the first Irish team to do it.


"But as soon as the draw was made we knew how difficult it would be.

"We were confident that we'd get at least a point -- if not nick a win.

"But it has probably been a lot tougher than even we thought to get results.

"We have done well in parts of all the games but done really badly in other parts and that has cost us.

"We have gone up a step in quality from the qualifiers, and at this level you get punished for even the smallest mistake you make.

"It's been a tough learning curve for all of us but to get a point now would be great.

"We have two of the best teams to finish off the group, and playing over here is as tough an away game as we'll ever face, but we're still confident we can get something out of the games.

"It's definitely a goal for us and if we can manage to do it we'll be pretty proud."