DFC | Benson believes that Dundalk FC will score in Trondheim

Lilywhites have scored at every European venue over the past three years

Brian Gartland leads Dundalk FC out at Oriel Park. PICTURE: TOM BEARY

Dundalk midfielder Robbie Benson is confident that the Lilywhites will score at the Lerkendal Stadium on Wednesday night.

After a 1–1 draw at Oriel Park, the League of Ireland champions must breach the Rosenborg backline if they are to advance to a Third Qualifying Round showdown with Celtic or Linfield.

Stephen Kenny’s men have scored at every away European ground over the past three years and Benson believes they are capable of keeping that run going in Trondheim.

“The gaffer was saying that over the last few years we have scored in every venue we have played in so that’s positive for us. We have to be confident that we can go out there and keep them on the back foot.

“You have to think that they are going to try to play a little more on the front foot as teams always do at home so we have to be wary of that and play the game as it comes.

“I don’t think they hurt us in the first half and we had by far the better chances in the game so we’ll see how the game goes out there.

“We could be hanging on out there, you never know, we could be on the front foot but if we get one goal then they’ll get very nervous.”

Dundalk can take plenty of heart from their performance in the first leg, particularly in the opening 45 minutes.

“You need to identify when you’re on top,” he said. “From the word go we had a good combination in midfield with me and Patrick McEleney and I think we had them on the back foot.

“I had a chance, we had a couple of other chances and then Davey scored when he did and we really had them on the back foot.

“They looked shellshocked a little bit and you could see how delighted they were to score their goal in the second half.

“After it, they were happy enough to change their shape in the second half and sit off to stop Patrick getting on the ball so I think we earned their respect.

“In any man’s money, we were the better team in the first half and for portions of the second although without creating any chances.

“We need to keep the door closed next week and have the confidence to go out there and score, which I think we will.”

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