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Fagan: Defeat down to nerves

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC striker Christy Fagan believes nerves played a part in his team's Europa League defeat by Hannover in Tallaght last Thursday.

Liam Buckley's Saints take on the Germans in the second leg tonight knowing that they need a miracle to come back from a 3-0 deficit.

Fagan, pictured on left yesterday after being named Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for July, primarily for his performances in helping St Pat's reach the third round of the competition, feels they could have done much better in the first leg.

"Maybe there was a bit of nerves," he said. "Hopefully that's out of the system now. We just have to get on with it.

"It's hard to think the tie is nearly over, but I'm still looking forward to it. I might not play there again -- in a big ground, in front of a big crowd. But the result last week does take a little bit away from the second leg."

The former Manchester United youth, who subsequently spent time in the Glenn Hoddle academy, is enjoying life in Inchicore. He was outstanding in the victory over Siroki Brijeg that set up the showdown with Bundesliga opposition, scoring the winning goal in extra-time.

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