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New Saints' Jamie Wood draws on Anderlecht experience

Jamie Wood
Jamie Wood played in Belgium for Royal Antwerp

The New Saints' Jamie Wood has shared his own experience of playing against Anderlecht ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie in Belgium.

TNS trail 3-1 from the first leg and it will be a return to familiar surroundings for Wood who was loaned to Antwerp from Manchester United.

"I scored against Anderlecht in my first game with Antwerp back in 1999," the striker told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"It'll be quite an atmosphere at their stadium - their fans are very vocal."

Wood had made his way through the Manchester United youth system when he joined Antwerp at 19 before playing for Hull, Halifax and Swansea.

The 31-year-old, who has around 200 appearances for The New Saints under his belt, has been advising his team-mates what to expect on Tuesday.

"Some of them know about the big-game atmosphere, having played for the club in the past against Liverpool and Manchester City," he said.

"For those of them who haven't, the first ten minutes will be the most important, to let the nerves settle. After that they should be fine."

Even if TNS lose the third qualifying round tie, they are guaranteed a place in the Europa League.

Full commentary of Tuesday's game will be available on BBC Radio Shropshire and online.



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