By his own admission, the first leg against Riga was a night of frustration for Pat Hoban.
The Dundalk striker is hopeful he can have the last laugh on the Latvians though by finally breaking their resistance in this Wednesday’s second leg at Skonto Stadium.
The 27-year-old will start the 250th game of his career on the night and while he found chances limited first time out against Mihail Konevs’ side, he is confident Vinny Perth’s side won’t be shut out for a second time away from home.
“I fully believe that we can definitely score against them,” he said.
A lot of our chances were from dead balls tonight and from a few crosses but I do believe with the quality we have in our side that we can score goals over there and we’ll definitely be going over there to attack.
“They came here with a game plan to sit in and slow down the game as much as they could. I actually saw their manager at one stage saying slow it down. They came here for the draw and that’s what they got but over there they’ll have to come out a bit more and play against us and that could be to our advantage too.
“All it takes is for us to get one goal and then they have to get two. I’m a firm believer that we can score in any game so we’ll be going there with a mentality to go and win.”
The Galway native said his side will have learned a lot from the first leg.
“They were totally different from what we watched on video. They hadn’t sat in in one game that we watched but tonight they did. We knew they played at a slow tempo but they came here to do and job and they done their job. It was a frustrating night on our behalf because we were trying to score but it’s all to play for next Wednesday.
“We could probably move the ball a bit quicker. We didn’t move it quick enough I think but I thought we did well at times just that the final ball wasn’t the best. That’s what we can improve on for next week but the quality is there, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.