Malta Football Association
‘We will try to make it as hard as possible for Scotland’
Sep 3, 2017
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Ryan Fenech. Photo: Paul Zammit Cutajar/MFA
Ryan Fenech. Photo: Paul Zammit Cutajar/MFA

Ryan Fenech is relishing the prospect of playing at the famous Hampden Park, the home of Scottish football, but the towering midfielder stressed that Malta will be going all out to make life difficult for Gordon Strachan’s team in Monday’s World Cup Group F qualifier.

“Hampden Park is part of history,” Fenech told reporters.


“For us it will be a huge game. It will be an honour to play in this stadium but we’re not here on holiday.


“We obviously respect Scotland, we know we’re not up to that level but we will try to make it as hard as possible and maybe gain a result.”


The 4-0 defeat to England is still one of the talking points as the general perception is that Malta hardly deserved to lose by four goals after frustrating their more-quoted opponents for 85 minutes.


Harry Kane fired England ahead early in the second half but they had to wait until the final six minutes to seal their victory with three quickfire goals as Malta suffered a late meltdown.


“After a loss, it’s always difficult to pick up but the 4-0 result doesn’t reflect the performance of our team,” Fenech said.


“We were under pressure all the time but we knew England were going to do that.


“Obviously we tried to keep the score down and try to hit them on the break.


“Tomorrow’s game is different. We know Scotland are tough to beat... physically they are very strong.


“We are expecting tough a match but obviously our job as players is to give our 100 per cent and try to get something from the match.”

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