Baraclough hails result on opening night

Ian Baraclough hailed a fantastic start to the Airtricity Premier Division season as they secured a 1-0 win over Derry City in The Brandywell.

Anthony Elding’s first half goal was enough for Rovers to take a first three points of the year.

He told sligorovers.com this morning: “Three points, clean sheet, first goal for a new signing, in that terms it’s an excellent opening for us. The lads had to work very hard. In the first half I felt we dominated the game and deserved the lead. Derry came at us in the second half which we expected with the scoreline at 1-0 but we coped with that and that was excellent to see.

“It was a difficult pitch and the wind did not help. Going away from home I felt we were solid and Gavin Peers and Evan McMillan looked like they had played together for a lot longer than just the couple of games that they have done. Joseph Ndo was outstanding along with David Cawley, and Seamus Conneely came in after two weeks out did well. I’m delighted and we’re off and running with the best result possible ahead of what will be a long season.

“While we did play some good football, the disappointing thing for me was our ball retention and passing could have been better at times so there is plenty to work on. But three points is what we wanted to start with and we got them.”

Elding has made a fine start to his Rovers career with two goals in a week including last night's telling strike.

Baraclough feels he will benefit from more games and settling into the Rovers side.

"Anthony is a goal scorer and we saw that again last night. His fitness needs to improve, he knows that and we'll see even more of what we can do then as that comes.

"We need to make sure we know when to utilise him at the right times and again that is something to work on. The pinpoint ball by David Cawley for the goal was terrific, it was a brilliant cross from by Raf and Anthony was in the right area which is something we may have lacked at times last season."

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