Rovers aiming for two wins out of two, says Puri
Sander Puri says Sligo Rovers will be aiming to make it two wins on the bounce, as they face Derry City at home on Saturday, before taking on Shamrock Rovers at the Showgrounds on Tuesday.
The Estonian international says a win on Saturday is vital. “Saturday’s game against Derry City is a big one. We want to get back on track in the league. We want to get our first win of the season and it’s very important that we do that on Saturday. So hopefully we will improve and get that win. We have Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday then which is also a big game now. Hopefully we make it two wins out of two. That's the aim” he said.
Puri recently got called up to the Estonian national team for games against Switzerland and Iceland. He feels that playing for the Bit o’Red will help his international career.
“If I get more playing time at Sligo Rovers than previous clubs then there is every chance I will get more invitations to play for the national team. Playing at the top level in Ireland will help get me more exposure than maybe where I was before,” he said.
The 26-year-old has been enjoying his time at Rovers so far. He feels he still needs time to adjust, but with summer slowly approaching he’s starting to like it even more.
“It’s been really good so far. The games have been different to pre-season, which is what I expected. I think I still need to get used to the League of Ireland but I will soon. Our first game against Cork was a good result when you think about it. Obviously the result against Drogheda wasn’t good. But I have enjoyed it so far.
“Every day is getting better here. The fields are getting greener and the days are getting longer. The players like that and the fans like that too. I really like it here.”
As for the League of Ireland itself, he says it’s exactly what he expected.
“The standard of the League of Ireland is what I would have expected. The games are very fast, players are very fast, and games are very physical. I just need to get used to it.”
Puri says that manager Owen Heary has been great to play for so far, and his ambition is one of the traits that brought him here.
“Owen Heary is an ambitious young manager. He wants to win trophies and he is keen to do that. It’s very good to see a manager like that, and that’s one of the reasons I signed. I am really enjoying playing for him so far.”