HEATLEY AIMING TO FIRE CRUES INTO SECOND ROUND

CRUSADERS go in to tonight's UEFA Champions League second leg against FC Levadia Tallinn on the back of an encouraging 0-0 draw in the first leg at Seaview last week. 

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Crues winger Paul Heatley explained he was encouraged by the first leg display and feels that they are capable of scoring in Tallinn, despite failing to find the net in the first leg at home.

"It was an outstanding performance last week and even though we didn't score we left ourselves every opportunity to progress in the competition.

"It's always special to score in Europe as Irish League teams don't find it easy, but I don't care who scores as long as we make it through," says Heatley who was crowned Player of the Year after Crusaders were crowned Danske Bank Premiership champins in April.

Crusaders will be without their inspirational Captain, Colin Coates, for the second leg tie as he is currently on a family holiday. However, Heatley believes that the Danske Bank Premiership Champions have enough quality in their squad to replace Coates.

"I know Colin Coates is unavailable, but we have enough quality in the squad to deal with the loss of a player", added the winger.

"With the addition of Michael Carvill, Andy Mitchell and Jordan Forsythe we can really trouble defences and they just give us more strength and quality from an attacking perspective.

"We've just got to get that goal and see how Levadia Tallinn react.

"We pulled together to get a clean sheet in the first leg and I know we can work hard to get the goal we need.

"We have to be confident we can win away from home in Europe, just like last year."

BBC Radio Ulster MW will have full match commentary from 5pm.

Match Details - UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round (2nd Leg) 

FC Levadia Tallinn vs. Crusaders

Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (5:00 PM)

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