Baraclough delighted with first night
Ian Baraclough was thrilled with the start made by Sligo Rovers as they took a commanding 5-0 lead into the return leg of the Setanta Cup tie with Glentoran.
The Bit o’ Red made a lightning opening to the season as they demolished the Northern Irish side in The Showgrounds on Monday night.
“It wasn’t a bad first half was it. I think we were held bent on flying out of the traps. I think Glentoran are just over halfway through their season. Perhaps they would have thought they would have a superior fitness level. We wanted to set down the marker in the first 20 minutes at least and a goal after three minutes was perfect. It was a great introduction for someone like Anthony to see the run of Lee Lynch and be able to direct the header and a great finish.
"Three of the four goals were from crosses which is something we pinpointed that we can be very, very dangerous from them this year. It came to fruition and it is not too often that happens.
"We were clinical. We’ve got some finishers in the team for sure. It’s all about putting the ball in the right areas to allow us to all us and go do that. I thought our build-up play was good, we defended very competently, we didn’t give them a chance and we were patient in the build-up. As far as 45 minutes goes, you will not see too much better on an opening day of the season.”
The night was rounded off with the signing of Kieran Djilali to complete the Rovers squad for Baraclough.
He believes it is an accquistion that significantly strengthens the squad.
“I’m pleased to get the business done. That’s me right and happy now. Those that were at Castlebar would have seen someone who is comfortable in possession, strength is going at players, he has a good turn of foot when fully fit and he reads the game very well as well. He knows when to come in off the line, he knows when to stay wide. He joins in at the right times and he is an exciting player. The people who thought we were lacking something when Romauld Boco went to England, I think we’ve brought someone in who is potentially better. He is a team player and knows what the squad is all about how it is very close knit and there are no superstars.
"I look at it now and I’m excited that we’re a more rounded squad. I’m looking forward to the season. The lads know what he is all about, he needs to get to full fitness, we’ll get him up there and will not throw him in straight away for 90 minutes. He needs to get that fitness and when he does, you’ll see a good player that will fit into a good squad.”