IB: We toughed it out
Ian Baraclough said the manner of Monday’s win against Bohemians showed his side can “tough it out” to find three points as the Bit o’ Red moved into the top half of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.
Goals from Evan McMillan and Danny North secured a 2-0 win for Rovers against Bohs as Baraclough’s side made it five games unbeaten in all competitions.
“We saw a different side where if you have to tough it out we can find a way to win," Baraclough said.
"It was always going to be a different type of game to the ones in the last couple of weeks. Mid-afternoon game, warm sun, sticky pitch, holding the ball up in the grass. To play a slick style of football is very, very difficult.
“But I thought we got there in the end. We were trying to play expansive; we were trying to play out wide and into front men's feet with runners beyond.
“Fair play to Owen Heary's team, they were making it difficult for us. Those sort of games you have to be patient and take the chances which we eventually did.”
The first goal came from set piece in the 79th minute as McMillan continued his excellent form in front of goal with a back post header, while substitute North bagged his first league goal of the campaign after excellent work by fellow sub Sean Maguire.
The Rovers boss added: “When you get a good delivery and attack the ball in the right areas, you give yourself a chance and that's what we did. The delivery from Kieran (Djilali), Evan attacked it and rose well.
“We talk about it as a squad game. It is important that those lads are bright when they come in. I thought John Russell and Danny North sparked them off.
“Sean came on for Joseph, it's not easy for teams when they see those changes and it knocks them back psychologically. They all had a good hand in the victory.”
The performance was not quite as impressive as some of the recent victories for the Bit o’ Red - Baraclough said that the hectic schedule of games meant finding top form on each outing will prove difficult, but securing the victory was the most important factor when leaving north Dublin.
“You have to remember in the last four weeks we have played Monday and Friday, this one was brought forward an extra few hours which makes a bit of a difference.
“After Limerick on Friday, it'll be six away games in eight matches. That can take it's toll. We've come out on top.
“Gary Rogers did his job, he has come up trumps by saving a penalty and keep his clean sheet intact.
“Jeff and Evan were very, very good, very safe in troublesome conditions because the ball can be put in behind you. It'll hold up rather than skidding through to the goalkeeper. You have to make decisions early and we went and did that. “