Adams "This can be a springboard."
Micky Adams was delighted for his players after seeing them take all three points with a big 4-0 win against Drogheda United.
Morten Nielsen scored twice, Jason Hughes scored for the first time in a Rovers shirt and newly re-acquired Anthony Elding got the final goal.
Adams hopes that the win can give a big boost to the team’s chances of staying up this season.
He was pleased with the outcome on the night as he earned his first win as manager: “I am delighted. Obviously it’s nice to get the three points but pleased for the players, they’ve put an awful lot of hard work in for the last week and they have got their rewards tonight. Delighted with the three points, delighted for the players and obviously the supporters – it’s been a big of a struggle for them recently and hopefully that’s cheered them up.
“Scoring goals is the name of the game. You’ve got to score them at one end and keep them out at the other. Delighted for the big Dane, I think he’s had a tough time since he’s been at Sligo and he’s got his rewards tonight. John Russell coming back for us is a big moment – I thought he was excellent. But generally the way we played, particularly when they went down to ten men, I thought we did the right things at the right times and it’s been a good night.
There was a first clean sheet in the SSE Airtricity League in three months, the first since last beating Drogheda and Adams felt the hard work put in defensively paid off: “We have been working hard at everything. We’ve wanted to adopt a pattern of play that’s exciting to watch but we have given some sloppy goals away recently, and I saw that against Cork. Defensively we have work hard but all round the pitch we worked ever so hard tonight as well.”
John Russell was back in the team for the first time since June and had a big impact on the game assisting for two goals: “David Cawley it was disappointing that he had to miss out again, his wife had a baby and we congratulate him and his wife on that. But it gave an opportunity for John today and he showed what a good pro he is. He’s been out for seven and a half weeks so the club has missed him enormously and I can see that after just one performance. To get 60 minutes out of him tonight with a view to Monday’s game is very, very pleasing.”
Adams was also pleased for the week’s new signing Anthony Elding who had a dream return by scoring within ten minutes of coming on as a sub: “I didn’t realise he was such a hero, I do now! There was nobody else going to take that penalty that’s for sure. It’s nice for him and hope he scored many more.”
There’s not much time to enjoy the win as another huge game comes Monday night when Derry City visit The Showgrounds a team just three points ahead of Rovers: “I think this hopefully will be a springboard for us and we can go on. The important thing for us is three points, the importance of it we won’t know until the end of the season but hopefully that give us the springboard to go on and secure our safety because we are not out of the woods yet but I think that is a big result for us. We are now three points behind Drogheda and if they’d have won they would be nine ahead so it has been a big night for us.”
Listen to the post-match interview below: