Adams: "We showed a lot of heart and passion."
Micky Adams was delighted with the work put in by his side to take a point from the game with Longford Town at City Calling Stadium.
Despite going down to ten men in the second half with the dismissal of Tim Clancy to a straight red card the Bit o’Red were on top for much of the game and earned the point with a late Anthony Elding goal.
He felt that had Rovers had the eleven men for the 90 minutes the win could have went to his team: “I think on chances created and particularly the way we played with eleven men I thought the outcome would have been different. Under the circumstances and the fact that we were down to ten men for a good hour of the game we’ve got to be pleased with the point.
“It had an effect on the game. We tried to remain positive, we played with three in the midfield and still kept two up front. There was always going to be spells in the game where it would affect us. That would be where they open you up and go from one side to the other and you’ve got to shuffle across the pitch as quickly as you can. But generally I thought our football particularly in the first half was great – we got some great balls into the box we just needed someone to get on the end of them.”
“I thought that the universal rule was that if you lay your hands on somebody then you get sent off. I don’t know what happened with Tim Clancy, whether he deserved to be sent off or not I would like to see that again but certainly all I saw was their number ten push him with two hands and wherever I’ve managed that’s always been a sending off offence. We feel aggrieved at that but what a fantastic response from the ten lads out there and the three subs that came on all worked hard for the cause.”
The game looked set for a draw until the 82nd minute when Longford stole the lead but Rovers showed plenty of resolve to persevere and get a vital goal: “There’s not long left in the game. We took a risk and threw Gavin Peers up top as well and threw bodies forward. And we got our rewards for that. But we deserved that, that’s the least we deserved. We didn’t get what we deserved last week because of missed chances at Galway, that could be labelled at us again in terms of chances created and missed. But what a sterling effort and we showed a lot of heart and passion.”
The result leaves Rovers in 10th position just out of the relegation places and that is where Adams is focused on staying between now and the end of the season: “We’re out of the bottom two at this moment in time and we’ve got to stay out of there. It’s not where we are at this moment in time it’s where we are after Limerick. We remain positive, we’ve got a great set of lads working for the cause, the spirit is there and we’ve just got to keep going.”
As the season nears its conclusion Rovers have a huge game when Bohemians come to The Showgrounds on Saturday night: “Sander will be back. I was delighted for him to play against England at Wembley last night, I believe he had some part of the game. John Russell is some way off, I don’t know whether we will see him again before the end of the season- he’s a big miss but I am pleased with the squad that we’ve got at the minute and the work ethic we have there.”
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