Rovers 0 Shams 2: Robbo's verdict
Dave Robertson had praise for the character on display from his team in competing with Shamrock Rovers despite having two men sent off.
In his first game in charge Shamrock Rovers got the 2-0 win at the season but Robertson can draw encouragement from the performance of his new-look team.
“I’m very disappointed with the result but really happy with the performance. The game went in waves, I thought we dominated early on as we expected. We went a goal down to a fantastic free-kick, you can’t take that away from the lad. But on the flipside I thought the lads showed unbelievable character when they went down to 10 men after 40 minutes and then even more character when they went down to 9.”
Shortly after the Hoops scored first on 42 minutes the first red card was produced by the referee leaving the Bit o’Red with an uphill task. However Robertson’s men continued to attack and were right in the game until the very end: “The one thing in this group is that there is a never-say-die attitude and even at 1-0 with nine men we were still chasing the game, not only to get an equaliser but to go on and win it.
Robertson wasn’t disappointed with the dismissals which he said are part of the game: “They happen in football, they were just committed to make tackles and sometimes it’s difficult. I’m not going to be one that starts berating referees or anything. It was a physical game, both teams knew that they had to earn the right to play in this fixture. It is a big game for both clubs and I felt that our players play with pride, with passion and they definitely made me proud of what they gave us this evening. We just need to reverse the result around.”
One of the most pleasing aspects of the night was the response to the red cards by this players: “They don’t know when they are beat and they have that fighting spirit. Sometimes you don’t have to win a game or get three points to get clapped off and think the fans here know exactly what to expect from the players and from me and that’s what we will give them. If we show that level of pride, that level of character and that level of energy then throughout the season mix that with the quality we have got in the team then we will convert more of those performances into results.”
— Dave Robertson (@DaveRobertson11) March 6, 2016
Rovers will now have to deal without both Kieran Sadlier and Craig Roddan for the upcoming game with Bohemians on Friday but Robertson feels his squad will be fine as other players are waiting to come in: “It’s not a massive blow, we will have a look at it and review it throughout the week. It can give players in the squad an opportunity. Neither of those players have done anything too rash or too harsh so it’s just an opportunity for the squad to fulfil its’ potential.”
Strikers Jaanai Gordon and Phil Roberts were subbed off towards the closing stages but Robertson confirmed there was no injury problems: “Jaanai is fine. He has just been in with the physio had the report and him and Phil Roberts will both be fine for the game next week.”
Listen to the post-match interview below: