Conneely keen to add more points in Athlone

Seamus Conneely wants the Bit o' Red to gather more momentum on Tuesday when they travel to the midlands for a clash with Athlone Town in SSE Airtricity Premier Division.
 
Rovers are seven games unbeaten in the league, and captured the Setanta Sports Cup earlier this month, and the Galwegian is hoping his side can pick up more points in Athlone.
 
Keith Long's introduction as Athlone boss has seen the first point of the season secured against Bray and a strong display in Tallaght Stadium saw Shamrock Rovers just edge the newly-promoted side out in a 1-0 scoreline.
 
Ahead of the trip to Athlone, Conneely said Rovers have to be on their guard against Town. 
 
He told Ocean FM: "It won't be easy, going away to Athlone only 72 hours after the game on Saturday night. 
 
"It's a game we need to win and keep the ball rolling. It's our game in hand so we can close in on the teams above us. It would bring us into the next game against Dundalk. Because of our start, there is little margain for error. We can't afford to drop points so that's something that has to motivate us in each game.
 
"We didn't play well in the first Athlone game if I'm honest. We didn't get going at all really for whatever reason. When Mick Cooke left after 10 games, I didn't even know they had lost 10 games, I felt sure after seeing them they would be hard to beat and they would take points off some teams.
 
"Whatever happened after that I'm not sure. The change of manager and from the reports from Tallaght of the performance against Shams, that will have given them a boost and they'll believe they can get something against us." 
 
Listen back to Sunday's Rovers Review featuring Seamus Conneely with host Darragh Cox on Ocean FM. 
 

 
Conneely added that the Setanta Cup win has lifted the confidence in the camp and been a crucial part to a good run in the league.
 
"By beating Dundalk who are one of the teams that will be up the top of the table come the end of the season, by beating Pat's in the semi-final, we proved to ourselves more than anyone else that we can compete with those teams. 
 
"To get a piece of silverware so early in the season takes a bit of pressure off. A big thing was the performance down in Cork I feel. We should have won that game, we were very unlucky. 
 
"That was a very good performance and the lads took a lot of confidence from that. From there we've brought it further into the league. It's always nice to win a trophy and a new one at that."
 
Conneely has slotted in at right-back due to Alan Keane's injury, with the former Sheffield United man also returning from a knock. 
 
The 26-year-old had been playing in a midfield role prior to injury, but he is happy to play in the defence if it means being in the Rovers team. 
 
"I have experience playing at right-back so I am comfortable. If you play in a team like Sligo, you have a lot of the ball and you get a lot of time at right-back so I enjoy that. 
 
"The defensive side is the bit that might worry me but if my positioning is correct I'm confident I won't get caught out one-on-one too often. Thankfully the last two games have been pretty solid defensively."

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