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St Johnstone needs to keep Perth atmosphere abuzz - Cregg

St Johnstone midfielder Paddy Cregg is hoping the team can continue a positive buzz around the town of Perth.

The Saints are preparing for Thursday night's third round Europa League qualifier against Belarusian club FC Minsk at McDiarmid Park following their 1-0 first leg triumph last week.

A successful result will allow the Saints to play off for a spot in the group stage proper and Cregg feels the people of Perth deserve some excitement made possible by their football team.

"We need to make sure we can get a good result so we can keep our confidence up. The whole place, the town and everything, will be buzzing if we do manage to get through and set up a massive play-off game," Cregg said.

"I stay in Perth and you don't normally feel that level of expectation when you are out walking about the place.

"But there was a real sense before the Rosenborg game (last round) that people were behind us. Now there's a bit of a buzz about the Minsk game too, which is good.

"For league games, you don't get much of that but now there seems to be this buzz building around the town.

"Before we played Rosenborg, everyone I bumped into was wishing us luck and it's the same for this game as well.

"There's no pressure because of the fans' expectations. We're just feeding off that support. The lads want to play for the town and our very loyal supporters. We want to get more of them along.

"If it means doing well in this competition and hopefully persuading more of them to come to our league games, then that is what we aim to do."

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Andrew Slevison
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