Puri: "We have six cup finals."
Sligo Rovers international winger Sander Puri has his mind focused on winning this Saturday’s game against Bray wanderers at The showgrounds.
The Bit o’ Red sit 11th in the league with not many points between a group of teams fighting to avoid relegation which includes Bray.
Rovers didn’t play last weekend due to the re-arrangement of the game against Galway. Puri says that the two-week break has been beneficial for the team and they are now ready for Saturday’s game.
“It has been alright to have a break for a couple of weeks. For any players that have had any small injuries it has allowed them to recover from them now. We have had some very good preparation for the Bray game now so we are ready to go.”
Rovers haven’t done well against Bray so far this year losing both times and the Estonian believes this weekend will be tough to win again: “It will be a difficult game again. The gaffer has told us that we have six cup finals between now and the end of the season. All of the games we play are going to be difficult as the points are very important to every team. But we haven’t lost in the league for some time now so we will be looking to keep that form going.
“There is no points or wins total in mind. We are just taking it one game at a time. We can’t be thinking any further ahead. Our mind is on the Bray game only.”
Puri was a visitor to Ballisodare N.S. this week along with Keith Ward and Danny Ledwith and he has been impressed with how the fans have got behind the club with the recent Rally Around Rovers initiative: “It was a good atmosphere at the last home match against Shamrock and the fans made some noise. That was really good to hear. Hopefully there will be even more people on The Showgrounds this Saturday.”
A few weeks ago Rovers number 12 was selected for the Estonian national squad for two European championship qualifiers and he played twice against Lithuania and Slovenia to take his caps total to 59. He will have the opportunity to play again in a couple of weeks with an away game against England giving him the possibility of a Wembley appearance:
“I was very happy to play for Estonia. I didn't play for Estonia since last summer so it was very good to be back. If I'll be in the squad for the match against England then I will be very excited to play in Wembley.”
Sligo Rovers vs Bray Wanderers is this Saturday in The Showgrounds at 7:45.