Brush on Crumlin: "Our biggest game so far."
Sligo Rovers take on Crumlin United in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup this Sunday at The Showgrounds and Richard Brush was the guest for the Rovers Review on Ocean FM to look ahead to the game.
The keeper feels that the Cup will be a priority for the team this year and that they will be taking their opponents very seriously.
“We prepare for Crumlin pretty much as we would prepare for any game. There’s no way you can take your foot off the gas because you’re playing a team that’s not in the league. We will prepare the same whether we are playing Dundalk or Crumlin. We really have to concentrate, Owen and the coaching staff will really drill into us how important this game is.
“This is probably our biggest game so far. This could really set our season. We get a good win there and take maybe four points, even though we would be looking for six, from the next two games then you go into the break looking really positive.
“When your league position isn’t great a good cup run can really bring the morale up. I think we are looking forward to a really good cup run, you can’t take anything for granted in the teams that you get but I think it was 2009 that we had kind of the same form in the league but we got to the cup final. A cup run does take your mind of the league for that week so the main thing is getting through Sunday.
“We spoke after the Derry game about preparing for it. We talked very briefly about a few of the players they have that have played in the league. They will be no mugs coming here, they will really put it up to us and have a point to prove. If we can turn up Sunday with the performance that we gave on Friday then we should have no worries.2
He feels that the improvement shown by the team in recent weeks is stemming from work being done at the back.
He said: “We seem to be attacking more, and that comes from us at the back. If we push higher up the pitch that allows for the forwards to get the ball in higher areas and link up. We were playing deep and inviting teams on to us. We’ve steadied up with Gavin coming back into the team, it wasn’t as if Gary had done anything wrong, he just brings that bit of experience into the team and I think that’s a massive difference.”
“I think something clicked at half-time in the Cork game and then getting the first home win against Drogheda was a big relief. It had been coming, you look at the Limerick game it was just such a sloppy goal to draw the game. It could’ve put us on a massive downer but since then we’ve turned it around.”
Brush thinks that the young players have done very well this year despite it not being the best time to bring them through: “If you are doing well you want to be breeding your young players then and bringing them on for 20 minutes or half an hour and they can get into it when the confidence is high. For young lads coming into a team that is struggling it’s very difficult for them to have a look around and think it’s my fault and it does creep into the minds especially for younger players.”
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