Rovers v Longford: Robbo's View
Dave Robertson will be sending his team out with a positive mind-set as he seeks the additional goals needed for his side to turn performances in to results.
He says he respects the opposition Longford Town who he expects to be a tough team to beat.
Robertson is encouraged by the fitness shown by his squad with the return of Tim Clancy meaning only one player will be side-lined on Saturday night:
“The squad is in very good condition. It has be self-resonating of the hard work done in pre-season to get everybody in good shape. The fruits of that work have been shown by our lack of injuries which is a big positive for us. The whole squad is in good shape despite the two gams already this week. It shows that the players are doing the right things themselves too to keep themselves well prepared. To be going into this game with just one player injured is a real boost.”
After admirable performances in games against some of the leading side the SSE Airtricity League has to offer recently many may look at Saturday as a chance to pick up points but Robertson sees the same pressure regardless of opposition:
“The pressure is no different. Every time we play our aim is to win so there is always pressure. The one thing that may change is how Longford may approach the game, whether they come out and try to press us high or drop back. But we will be able to deal with both and are prepared either way.”
“Our focus will be on what we need to do and we will have to all give 100%. If everyone as an individual can do that to contribute to the team then we can have a strong chance.
“I have a lot of respect for Longford. I have watched their last two games. They played a 4-4-2 against Dundalk but switched to a 4-5-1 to play Derry City. So there is a couple of ways that they can play. As with all opponents we will be giving them full respect, and they deserve that respect.
“We need to go and focus on what we need to do for the team. If we do then it should be a good, attacking game.”
Robertson acknowledge that he wants to see his team add more goals to his team’s play and it’s something he wants to see changed from tomorrow:
“We will be looking to have a shift in mind-set. Our focus will be on scoring more and taking more of the chances that we are creating. There is no better time to do that than in our next game at The Showgrounds. We are unbeaten in our last three games at home, that bodes well and gives us confidence. We won’t be burying our heads in the sand about what we need to do and that is to go out tomorrow and score the goals to help us win the game.”