Drogs' Gavin wary of Swede threat

Drogheda defender Jason Gavin believes Helsingborg are more than a one-man team - despite the presence of Henrik Larsson in the Swedes’ attack.

Drogheda defender Jason Gavin believes Helsingborg are more than a one-man team - despite the presence of Henrik Larsson in the Swedes’ attack.

The League of Ireland’s sole remaining European representatives face a tough tie in the Olympia Stadium tonight in the second leg of their UEFA Cup second qualifying round tie, which stands at 1-1.

Larsson’s first half goal was cancelled out by Eamon Zayed’s crucial equaliser in a match that saw the former Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United striker give Drogheda plenty of problems.

However, Gavin, who played in the Premiership with Middlesbrough during the early part of the decade, believes the home side’s other forward, Benin international Razak Omotoyossi, is just as lethal.

“They are a good team, very strong and obviously their strong points are up front,” said Gavin.

“The two strikers, Henrik Larsson and Razak Omotoyossi, are very strong and are good on the ball so that is Helsingborg’s main threat. We all know what Larsson’s like – if he gets a chance then he will score.

“That’s what we have to stop and we must also stop the crosses from coming in and from him getting the ball in the box.

“He would be the most dangerous player I have played against in the last couple of years. His movement and touches are very good. But I also thought Omotoyossi was impressive. His pace was quite worrying, to be honest with you.

“He is probably more of a danger than Larsson.”

Drogheda will be seeking to reach the first round for the first time and so emulate Derry City and Shelbourne, who were knocked out at that stage in 2006 and 2004 respectively.

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