Heary: "I am delighted with the work out"
Owen Heary was pleased to see his team record a 3-0 win in Waterford in the second pre-season game of 2015.
He feels that things are coming together at both ends of the field with three goals scored and a clean sheet kept.
“I thought we done very well. We created a lot of chances in the game. Again Morten has scored, Dinny scored which is a positive and Eoin Wearen got a goal from a corner.
“All in all I am delighted with the work out because in fairness to Waterford I think this is their third or fourth game and you could see they were well drilled and made it difficult for us to break down. But we kept a clean sheet, we tried to play when we could and there was a few good challenges gong in so we stood up to that and matched them.
“Overall I’m quite pleased, fitness levels are good, they’re getting there. I think we were a lot fitter than Waterford come the end, they were flat on their feet.”
Heary said he was pleased with the amount of chances his side have been creating so far: “Once we are creating chances and getting bodies in the box it’s good. Morten could have scored after 20 seconds, he took it onto his right and I suppose he fluffed it at the end. But he kept going, kept closing down and he got his just rewards in the end. But once we are creating chances that’s the positive. And we have players that can create chances.
“The important thing is that when we are attacking is that we make sure we are defensively right, tonight we had to play two left-sided centre-back in there but the top of them done their job spot on. The full-backs got forward and defended very well. Same with Cawley in the middle. For Russell this was his first game, he hasn’t really been training because of his ankle and he had a bit of flu so it was good for him to get good minutes under his belt. So overall we are quite pleased.”
Despite missing Gavin Peers and Jeff Henderson tonight Waterford did little to trouble Rovers: “The defensive side has to be right. You will get tested. When you play the likes of Waterford you will have a lot of the ball and a lot of attacking options. But it’s that lax in concentration that if you’re not tuned in you will get punished for it. But tonight concentration levels were spot on and that’s something that we have been working on as well.”
He said he will look to change the team up with the next game coming in less than 48 hours: “We’ll keep going, we have another game on Sunday. It’s important the players that didn’t play tonight will play then and they get 90 minutes under their belt. But again it’s another game we will look to get the right result, another clean sheet and keep working on.
“It will be a different test in the Ballisodare game. We will have a lot more of the ball, there will be more of the creative players playing. But the main thing for me is that the work rate is there. As long as they keep working hard and putting in a shift on and off the ball, then their fitness levels will come up. And that we create chances and win the game.”
Listen to the interview with Heary below: