Heary on a good performance against Bohs
Owen Heary thought his side should perhaps have won the game against his old club Bohemians having created a good number of chances in the game at the Showgrounds.
It ended 0-0 as Rovers again showed an big defensive improvement which has been seen in the last few weeks.
“Disappointed not to win the game. We played very well and created a few chances. We were positive on the ball, passed it better and I thought defended very well as a team. It would have been nice to get the goal but unfortunately we didn’t get it. Overall I thought it was a good performance.”
Heary feels that things are starting to come together at the back having got off to a sticky start to the season in that regard: “We are getting there. Young Gary Boylan’s for has been excellent and the same with Brushie and Dykes and Keane. I thought overall as a team defensively we were very good, the two lads in midfield and offensively we created a few chances. I though Sander was excellent and Morten, we just didn’t get that goal that maybe our play deserved at times. Positives from the game is that we are now unbeaten in three but the negative is that we didn’t get three points."
Alan Keane returned to the team on Friday against Longford Town after an absence of a few games with the experienced full-back looking to be getting back to his best form: “Keano’s wife had a child so it’s a big change to the house when you are trying to prepare for games. He’s probably disappointed that he was left out but he was making some defensive errors and it was important that we got him rested and rejuvenated and I think we have seen that with his last two performances.”
Estonian Sander Puri returned to the team tonight making his first start since the opening day of the season against Cork City and he impressed Heary with his display: “I thought Sander was excellent tonight. He was going inside and outside, mixing it up. He was unlucky not to score when he went past three or four players, I think Lopes put a great tackle in as he was going past him. I was pleased with him and Morten. He was very positive tonight, he held it up and brought players into play and again he was unlucky not to score with a couple of strikes.”
He said that with things improving in the team’s rear-guard it is only a matter of time until they start firing in front of goal: "It’s confidence as well, if you know that defensively you’re not giving up as many chances and are strong the more likely it is you will get goals when you are offensive. I’ve said before if we are not conceding we have every chance of scoring and we were unlucky tonight.”
Only a few days away is the next game which sees a trip to Richmind Park for what should be a difficult test against FAI Cup holders St. Patrick’s Athletic: “That will be a tough game because Pat’s pass the ball very well, they are very strong. Technically they have very good players so it’s important that we get the lads recovered and ready for the game on Friday. We know it will be a tough one but hopefully we can go and get another result.”
Listen to Heary’s post match interview here: