Adams delighted with back-to-back wins
Micky Adams got his first home win as Rovers manager by beating Derry City 1-0 to round off a great weekend.
It started with Rovers getting a 4-0 win over Drogheda and the win over Derry makes in two wins in four days against fellow relegation rivals.
Adams was happy with how the team played early in the game but was most pleased with getting all three points: “I’m delighted, back-to-back wins. I was particularly pleased with the first half performance where I thought we caused Derry all sorts of problems. We could possibly have scored more goals but three points is most welcome.
“I was disappointed with the way we started the second half, I thought we were sloppy in all areas of the pitch. We forgot the basics of what had got us into the lead in the first place. I just said to the players that they can’t start games like that whoever we’re playing. Disappointed with that nut the sending off changed the game somewhat and we rode the storm.”
Goalscorer and man of the match was defender Tim Clancy who has put in several good displays since joining the club in the transfer window: “Tim has been great. Him, Peers and Keane the old heads at the back are the base of what we are all about so delighted with their performances. It was disappointing for Peers to miss out tonight but I thought Keane and Peers were outstanding.”
Adams reflected on the past two games as important steps in ensuring Rovers maintain Premier Division status for next year: “I think everybody said I had to win them and I’ve done that so maybe they will have a bit more faith. They are two big wins for sure, especially when you play the teams that are down at the bottom around you have got to try and take points of them if you can and we’ve done that.
“Wins create an atmosphere. I’m sure they will be looking forward to coming in for training. We’ve got a good squad here, even the boys that didn’t play tonight – they are all part of it and will all get their opportunity between now and the end the season. The important thing was to lift spirits, not only in the dressing room but the supporters as well and I think we have done that.”
The Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup takes focus next when on Saturday evening the Bit o’Red travel to take on Cobh Wanderers in the last 16 of the competition which will give Adams his first taste of cup football: “I am very much looking forward to that. We won’t underestimate the team that we’re playing. I know they are a non-league side but it’s about what we do. We’ve got to make sure that our mental approach is right and if we can do that hopefully we’ve got better players than them but we most approach it professionally.”
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