Robbo happy with progress
“I think we are at 80% capacity of where we need to be.”
Dave Robertson says is he happy with all aspects of his team’s performance levels after the 1-0 win against Derry City.
But he also stressed that there is further work to be done to make sure the team are fully ready for the season’s start in two weeks’ time.
It was his new striker Jaanai Gordon that netted the game’s winner and the offensive areas in particular that pleased Robertson, he said: “I was really happy with periods of our play. I thought some of our movement and forward runs was absolutely excellent. It caused them problems, some of our periods of possession was excellent. But I also felt that our defensive structure was much improved since the start of the season.
"The way that the lads have come together with the cohesion and they understand the expectations. I thought we pressed really, really well from the front. It’s something that we will continue to work on but also when we turn the ball over, just making sure that we punish teams with the opportunities.”
Many of the team’s chances involved some combination of Jaanair Gordon and Kieran Sadlier and Robertson likes how they are working together: “The two of them used to room together when they played at West Ham believe it or not! They have a good understanding and are good mates off the field as well as on it. I have to say I was really impressed with the trialist who started the game. I thought he caused lots of problems, I thought he understood how we played and I think that he’ll get better with more time with us.
“Craig Roddan was magnificent in midfield, he really wears his heart on his sleeve. I have to say those are the type of players I really like and we need in a team with the pace, quality and flair. Players who can pass the ball and get them on it and also break it up and give us a real edge as a team helps out. And I was really happy with the back four. I think it’s starting to come together really well, I think we are at 80% capacity of where we need to be. We are two weeks before the start of the season, the lads are looking forward to it and we are just going to really put the final edges on it.”
He added that the team’s fitness levels are progressing well with work continuing on further improvement: “We will still be working on that again. I have just spoken with the players, and what we have done is we have worked on our pace and speed endurance and being stronger for longer. That is starting to show in games now. It’s something that we will continue to do. It hurts, it’s not easy and it’s tough for the players when we do it and we do it twice a week. But their energy levels is starting to show and I am pleased with where they are at. But we are not resting on our laurels, we still know that we have got work to do and we can still improve. And we are going to work day in, day out to do that.”
Listen to Dave Robertson after the game below: