Bohs v Rovers: Robbo's view
Dave Robertson goes into his first away game against Bohemians with plenty of positives taken from last weekend’s game against Shamrock Rovers.
Despite not getting any points Rovers performed well in the game and could have gotten something had it not been for two sendings off on the night.
Robertson feels his squad won’t have any issues with coping with the resultant absentees: “We have other players waiting to come in. It gives an opportunity now for the squad to be used. Bohs are in a similar situation with Roberto Lopes being suspended so it’s the same for both teams.”
He continued that if the team can perform in a similar way they will give themselves every chance of success this year: “I definitely think that if we can put in a similar performance to Shamrock Rovers then we can win the game. There was lots of positives in that performance and there has been a lot of things that we have taken from it. We move forward now from it and the players have bounced back with a tremendous attitude in training all week.
“We have a clear focus now on our next game. Like in the last game we will have to give 100% and we will go in with a positive frame of mind. And if we do then hopefully we can get more from the game.
“There won’t be any change in how we approach this game just because it’s away from home other than we will be travelling. We will go in with the same format. But going away gives the opportunity for the group to spend the day together. There is some benefits from that in having the time together.
“It is important that we remain clear in our objectives and stick to our game plan. If we can do that then I think that gives us a chance to get something from what will be a very good team in Bohemians.”
Having watched Bohs played already the Rovers manager has identified matching their work-rate as key to getting something from the game: “They are definitely a hard-working an energetic team. I have seen them twice, against Drogheda in a friendly and against Cork on TV last week. They are a very hard-working side and they build things around that work rate. So it will be important that we match that. But we also have to try to assert ourselves in the right way and get control of the game.
“Last weekend we dominated possession and ended the game with 51% of the possession even though we went down to nine men. That tells you all about what we are trying to do here and the style we want. We have to continue to have those high percentages if we want to have a good season.”