Rovers 3 Longford 0: Jordan Richards
Man of the match in the 3-0 victory over Longford Town was Jordan Richards.
The midfielder scored the game’s first goal which set Rovers on the way to a welcome three points.
For the 18 year-old is what a relief to have the first three points and something he felt his side deserved following recent performances:
“It is a relief to get the first win. I think it was thoroughly deserved over the weeks. Now we have pushed on and carried on playing well. And now we have grinded out the result and played really well.”
The early goal was key for Richards as it allowed Rovers to assert themselves on the game and play the brand of football they have been working on.
“It was our aim to get straight into the game and try to get a goal early. If we got that early goal we knew we could push on with that straight away and just keep going.
“It’s nice to see our work on the training pitch come to fruition in the goals. We know that we have to just keep passing and we know that we have got good enough players to then get the goals and they would come eventually. Today it worked out well.”
The win was guaranteed by a composed second half with a solid clean sheet kept to deny Longford any chance of a second half comeback, this was the aim at half-time says Ricahrds:
“For the second half we were just trying to make sure we kept a clean sheet. Stay strong and keep defending. Luckily we did that and kept the clean sheet and everything went well.”
The loanee has been a regular part of the team early in the season but after being a sub for the last couple of weeks was glad to get the start again and is looking to maintain that following last night’s display:
“I am hoping I can keep my place in the team now. I was out for a few games so I am glad that I have shown what I can do and hopefully that will keep me in the team for next week.”
Listen to the post-match interview below: