The official website for European football

McGeady credits Spartak muscle for Ajax win

Published: Thursday 17 March 2011, 22.51CET
Aiden McGeady told UEFA.com an aggressive approach was crucial to the 3-0 win against AFC Ajax that sent FC Spartak Moskva into the quarter-finals: "We wanted to put something right."
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Luzhniki Stadion
Published: Thursday 17 March 2011, 22.51CET

McGeady credits Spartak muscle for Ajax win

Aiden McGeady told UEFA.com an aggressive approach was crucial to the 3-0 win against AFC Ajax that sent FC Spartak Moskva into the quarter-finals: "We wanted to put something right."

Aiden McGeady told UEFA.com that showing no fear was crucial to FC Spartak Moskva easing to a 3-0 victory against AFC Ajax, and a 4-0 aggregate success in their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie.

We wanted to put something right tonight and everyone was buzzing around in the first half and trying to get in Ajax's faces
Aiden McGeady

Spartak allowed their opponents far too much time and space to play in the first leg, but Valeri Karpin's men attacked from the first minute in Moscow, and Ajax struggled to cope with the pace and movement of the home side's forwards. Goals from Dmitri Kombarov, Welliton and Alex duly sunk the Amsterdam side.

"We watched the video of the first half of the first leg and everyone was pretty disappointed, and so was the manager," said the Irish international winger. "We wanted to put something right tonight and everyone was buzzing around in the first half and trying to get in Ajax's faces, trying to make sure they were not comfortable on the ball while we just played with freedom.

"After the first game Ajax were the better team but we knew ourselves we were just as good if not better if we played to our strengths, and tonight I think we did that," added McGeady.

Ajax showed little of their first-leg adventure until the closing stages as Andriy Dykan was forced into making some excellent saves. However, as Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen said, it was too little too late. "They had three shots and they scored three goals; for them it is really good," said the Dane. "It was the same for them in Amsterdam where they had one shot and one goal. There we had 20 chances and no goals, and tonight we had five chances and no goals."

Ajax have now failed to beat their Russian opponents in four meetings, and McGeady said Spartak have nothing to fear as they advance to the quarter-finals. "Of course we want to go as far as we can so that means we will have to face the best teams at some point," he explained. "We will see how the draw pans out."

Last updated: 26/09/14 6.30CET

Related information

Player profiles
Related match
  • SSI Err

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000130/match=2003813/postmatch/quotes/index.html#mcgeady+credits+spartak+muscle+ajax

UEFA.com features

Colour blind awareness at Europa League final
  • Colour blind awareness at Europa League final
  • Chivu learns in UEFA technical role
  • Research proposals wanted into heading risk in young players
  • Social Responsibility in focus
  • Skomina honoured at final date
  • Stanković welcomes development drive
  • Denmark's Maae given U17 EURO final 'honour'
  • Pitch perfect – UEFA Direct 167 out now
  • Faroe Islands savour 'dream that came earlier than expected'
  • Baier delighted at WU17 referee honour
1 of 10