Zayed pleased to get win over UCD


Eamon Zayed put in another good performance in the 4-0 win over UCD getting the first goal and then setting up two more.

Speaking after he said he was pleased with how he and the team played: “It’d been a good birthday. It was nice to get the goal and obviously the couple of assists as well was good. We’ve lost two in a row which I’m told is not like Sligo Rovers so it was important to get the win tonight. I thought we did well from the first minute, we almost scored but hit the post from young Gary Armstrong who did very well tonight.”

We were at it from the first minute and picked up from last week’s performance which I thought was quite good. We definitely deserved something out of the Cork City game and we brought that into tonight. It could have been six or seven so everyone is delighted with the win. Between now and the end of the season it’s about pride and getting back to winning ways and hopefully we can do that.”

The confidence in the dressing has picked up the last few weeks but it’s always been there. Gavin Dykes and Ciaran Kelly have come in and in the last few weeks they have instilled that confidence in us. They want us to get the ball down on the ground and play from the back. I think we done that tonight and last week so we will look to continue that between now and the end of the season. Most people here are out of contract so obviously they are playing for their futures.”

Zayed feels his return of four goals from nine games since joining the club could be better: “It’s ok. I guess confidence is a big word in football and it took a bit of a battering during the last year at Shamrock Rovers. So I’ve come here to try and play games, score goals and pick up confidence and I feel it is coming back. Four in nine is ok but it can be better. I had a couple of chances to score last week against Cork and I was really disappointed with that. Tonight I got one but could have got two maybe. It’s not too bad but I’d like to pick up a few more between now and the end of the season and have a one-in-two record at least. I want to finish the season on a high.”

He was very impressed with the goal-scoring debut of Gary Amrstrong: “I think he’s exactly someone we need, now that John Russell is injured, that can play in between the lines, get on the ball and put in through balls and also score himself. He reminds me a bit of Gareth McGlynn who I played with at Derry City in 2011, he was the best number 10 I’ve played with and he’s a lot like him. He’s young and still has a lot to learn but he came on against Cork last week and played very well. Tonight he carried that on and I am delighted he got the goal but his overall lay got better and better as the game went on. As a number nine I definitely appreciate someone like that playing in behind me, it makes my job easier. So hopefully he can play like that between now and the end of the season and be a big player for Rovers next year.”


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