Pajot beams at ‘great win’

Saint-Etienne midfielder Vincent Pajot was delighted with his side's 2-1 win over Beitar Jerusalem in the first leg of their Europa League play-off at the Teddi Malcha Stadium on Wednesday.

The Israeli Premier League side were first on the scoresheet as Idan Vered fired home after just eight minutes but the Ligue 1 outfit equalised through Fabien Lemoine just seven minutes later, before Florentin Pogba secured the win with his goal on the half-hour mark.

The French side now take a slender advantage into the second round match to be played at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on 25 August.

Speaking after the match, the 25-year-old former France Under-21 international told the league's official website, he wished they could play that well more consistently.

He said: "This match has helped us to grow.

"We'd love to play matches like this every weekend, in this kind of stadium. The atmosphere was amazing."

Saint-Etienne had seen off Greek Superleague side AEK Athens 1-0 in the third qualifying and Pajot has hailed the result.

"What a great win to follow up on our victory over AEK Athens. We conceded a goal we perhaps shouldn't have, but at the same time, conceding as early as we did pushed us to react," he added.

"We knew Beitar could be a bit shaky on the wings and from set pieces. We managed to make the most of that, and the other things we talked about before the match. With this win, we've done the hard part."