Rovers v Galway: Robbo's view
Dave Robertson is looking to put the first points on the board for his team when they come up against Galway United in The Showgrounds Monday night.
He is glad that the game comes just a few days after the game against Bohemians and the team have been working in preparation for this game.
Robertson said: “It’s fantastic from our point of view that we have got a quick turnaround. It gives the opportunity to get back out on the grass and continue the work we are doing with the lads. We were in today, we worked on our team shape and did our video analysis work on Galway. We know what their threats are. We know how we want to play. We worked on our attacking shape, different variations within that which will hopefully bring dividends tomorrow.”
Robertson recognised the good start made by Galway this year but says it won’t change the approach he takes: “Every game we take game-by-game, we won’t read into things too much. It’s too early in the season for that. Things won’t pan out really until games 6, 7 and 8 and I think the league then starts to tell a story. They have started well but all we are focusing on is that we are right and ready for this game.
"We take things one game at a time. The good thing for me is that we have got no injuries, we have two suspensions but we have raff coming back from having the flu in the week and a fully fit squad to choose from.”
Although points are yet to come the manager is happy that his teams are doing the right things and in time will get their rewards: “We are creating opportunities and when we are doing that I will be happy. In the two games we have been done by wonder strikes. Brandon Miele I don’t think will hit a better free-kick all season and Kurtis Byrne won’t score a better goal.
"Our luck has got to change at some stage but the way I look at it you have to make your own luck and you do that by working hard and working smart. I feel that we have done that. It’s no coincidence for me that with our conditioning we are one of the few squads that even though we played with ten men and nine men in the first game that we have a fully fit squad available.
“There are lots of positives, we are going to keep ourselves going. We are very confident and we believe that we are playing our football in the right way. It’s about making sure that we maintain that confidence and belief in us doing the right things and I’ve spoken to the players about that today. We have to take that into tomorrow night’s game and make sure that we play the game the right way. But it is also important that we put points on the board and those are the conversations that we have had.”
With two games in five days he appreciates the fans who will come out and back the team twice this week: “The crowd here are fantastic. They get behind the lads, the team and the club. And they are passionate like we are. They have great pride in the club as do we and we will be looking to repay them with a good solid performance and put some points on the board.”