Adams: "Team showed great character."
Micky Adams was more than pleased to take a point away from the visit to Dundalk which ended in a 2-2 draw.
The home side went into the half-time break one ahead but Dinny Corcoran restored party early in the half with Alan Keane getting a second equaliser later in the game.
Adams said that he feels the results is indicative of the strides forward taken by Rovers in recent times: “I think we’ve come an awful long way in the five or six weeks that myself and Alan have been here. Dundalk are champions-elect and a good side, we knew that anyway but I thought that once we went a goal down we got a little bit more momentum and got on the front foot more and caused a few problems.
He was pleased with how his side responded twice to going behind in the game and got themselves back in the game: “You don’t like conceding goals but I think we will look back at the first goal and say that it was a mistake, a slip but they took it well. At the start of the second half I was really pleased at the response from the players. I sat them down in the changing room and said that I wanted more belief from themselves more than the team really. We got that and we got our rewards for it.”
Adams believes that his side are now playing with much more confidence and are showing themselves capable of getting results against the best teams in the country: “They showed great character, heart, belief but we can’t take that lightly and we have to play with that character and belief in all games. If we do we are a match for anybody. And that’s no disrespect to Dundalk or anybody, as I said I think they are the best side in Ireland but we have shown against the best team in Ireland and also last week, against Shamrock Rovers, that we can compete.
“I think that you can see that the confidence is growing in them with gaining results, grinding out results when we are not playing particularly well at time and any point that we get is gratefully accepted against the teams at the top end.”
The Bit o’Red will come up against Dundalk once again at Oriel Park in less than w week as the teams go head-to-head in the quarter-finals of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup and Adams is expecting another exciting encounter: “Certainly we will know a bit more about them and they will know a bit more about us. We’ve got a couple of players coming back from suspension and international duty so they will be welcomed back into the squad. Dundalk made a couple of changes today, I wouldn’t say that it surprised us but they did and maybe they will be at full strength. But it’s got all the hallmarks of being a classic cup game.”
There was an impressive debut from winger Jennison Myrie-Williams with his set-piece delivery getting Rovers on level terms for the first time: “I thought he was terrific, he really did show his quality at times. He’s a real handful for people and I think that once he gains more fitness and the more work that we do with him on the training ground he will be a real handful for anybody.”
Listen to the post-match interview below: