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Frankie calls for calm

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Former Coleraine star Frankie Moffatt has told fans to lower their expectations ahead of the club’s Europa League tie with Motherwell on September 17.

‘Basher’, who starred for the Stripes in Europe against Eintracht Frankfurt and Locomotive Leipzig, has told supporters that the Scottish side will present a formidable hurdle to overcome.

“I don’t think the fans should pile any pressure on the players” said Frankie, who also played against Roma whilst with Ballymena United.

“It’s great it’s a home tie but it will be similar to Maribor. Coleraine will have to produce a fantastic performance and hope Motherwell are slightly off it.”

The Portstewart man also believes Coleraine can cause another shock.

“Oran will have another game plan in place but so too will Stephen Robinson. He will know everything there is to know about Coleraine’s strengths and weaknesses.

“It will be extremely difficult but the defence and midfield is solid and James McLaughlin is a natural finisher and can get you a goal out of nothing.

“However, fans need to keep their feet on the ground and I’m sure Oran will be stressing that to his players.

“It’s time to refocus. It will be a different kind of game to Maribor.

“But it’s fantastic for the players and the club and it has given the town a real boost.”

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Coleraine man, married to Tracy. Former Chronicle Sports Editor and writer for the old Saturday Night sports paper and Belfast Telegraph/Sunday Life. Has travelled and reported on Coleraine FC on several of their European ties over the years.
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