Longford v Rovers: Robbo's View
Dave Robertson brings his team to Longford tomorrow ready to play a team he expects to be fighting for their lives.
The home side are bottom of the league and the Rovers manage expects them to be battling for every point.
Having had another week off due to a postponed game Robertson said he has been turning it into a positive and using the team to work through various things with the squad:
“It can be a bit disruptive for the team in terms of the momentum. But we went into the last game against St. Patrick’s Athletic having not had a game the week before due to Cork City’s European involvement but I felt that we performed well in that game.
“What we have been doing is using the time well. The players have all been working very hard over the last couple of weeks. We have had like a mini pre-season where we have developed and maintained the players’ strength and conditioning which I think can help. We have also been working on a couple of technical elements. In the first half against St. Pat’s I felt that we went a bit too direct but were better in the second so we have re-organised on that so that we will play football with the style that we want.”
After a four-goal loss against Derry City one week ago Robertson is anticipating a Longford Town coming our looking to earn back some pride and insists they won’t be underestimated:
“There will definitely not be anybody underestimating Longford. There is nothing for them to lose in this game. They will come out like a wounded animal and will scraping and fighting for pride. It is a cup final for them and they need the three points. We will have to earn the right to play in the game and win that contest before we can impose ourselves on the game. They will definitely pose a threat, we saw that with the three set-piece goals they scored against Dundalk.”
A win can see The Bit o’Red move into the top half of the table but Robertson wants his side to continue picking up more points:
“We know that first and foremost we are working towards our next target. That is to get to 32 points to beat last year’s total. We are three wins away form that and it is our short-term focus. Any team that goes on a run at the moment can move quickly up the table so we need to make sure that we make the most of the games in hand that we have to stay as high as possible on the table.”