Coulter: "There's a lot of football to be played."
Ryan Coulter said that there is still a lot of football to be played after Rovers season hasn’t got off to an ideal start.
He thought the team were unfortunate to come away from Drogheda with nothing when speaking on Ocean FM’s Rovers Review yesterday.
“We didn’t start too great but we took the lead, Dinny had a great header. We thought we could have pushed on maybe and that would have settled us. Drogheda got back into the game 15 minutes later with a header out of nowhere really which was frustrating for us to have a little defensive lapse early. We got back into the game then for the last 15 minutes of the half, we started to get the ball down and play and they weren’t rally able to cope with that because we are a great footballing team, we have pace and creativity.
“We were doing quite well, Peersy had a great header and that puts us 2-1 up and to be honest we were cruising, looking well and we were comfortable. We didn’t really feel under any great threat that we were going to concede so that half-time whistle came a little early for us, we would have liked another 10 minutes as I think we could have pushed on. Their keeper had made a few good saves and they were being tested in all areas.
“In the second half their game plan was quite simple, everything was quite direct and then go and try to support as much as they could, that’s pretty much where their chances came from. That’s football, these nights happen. It’s a bad result and we’re not pleased with it but at the same time we know that it doesn’t ruin the season for us. We are two games deep into the season so there is still a lot of football to be played.
“Dundalk lost to them 4-1 at the start of last season and they got spurred on from it and did well, so there’s no reason we can’t go on and do the same thing. Yes it’s a bad result but the goals came from just small little lapses, nothing major. We have analysed it and had a look on tape now and we will be hoping that those things don’t happen again.
“I didn’t have one save to make all night. Even when we went 3-2 down there was still 20 minutes left which is a lot of football and I was thinking we had more than enough chances to go on and win the game. Our luck wasn’t in on the night, their keeper has done very well. We are disappointed we didn’t take our chances particularly at 2-1 and from the resulting chance they went up and made it 2-2. It just shows that football is a game of fine margins and even though we were a team with a lot of chances when you don’t put them in you get punished. Unfortunately they had three chances and three goals which was enough for them to take the points.
“In football you can play well and come away with nothing, there will be times this year when we will play badly and come away with three points. Unfortunately in the two league games so far we haven’t got more points to show for it, I think we deserved three points against Cork on the opening night. We did our very best to get the ball down and play which was difficult in the conditions. Against Drogheda it is difficult going there as it is a tight pitch and they go direct and make it as difficult as possible. It’s a bad result but you move on and look forward to Derry this week.
“Hopefully the fans will come out and support us again. Against Cork the place was packed and they really got behind us and that really spurs the team on and gives you the extra couple of percent to keep fighting. Hopefully we can get a result against Derry and that can kick us on into a bit of a run because there is some big games coming. It will be good to see where we stand in the next few weeks.
“We have set our goals for the season of where we should to be and I don’t think after two games we are going to start questioning where we stand and where we should be at the end of the season. There is two games played, there is still a lot of football to come. For the first few games you want to see where everyone is and let the team gel together, let’s not forget we have a lot of new signings and a new manager. I think it’s fair enough to say we have a little more gelling together to do with everyone finding out different strengths and weaknesses with different players and different traits which is completely understandable.
"I’d be aware that Sligo Rovers and Derry would have a bit of a rivalry so there’s pride to play for so I’m sure the fans coming to the game will want to have bragging rights. Our fans so far have been great, they do get behind the team so hopefully we can get another big turnout against them. It’d be great for us to get the three points moving into the Shams game next week."
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