Rovers v Harps: Robbo's View
Manager Dave Robertson is glad to have two players back in his squad in Roddan and Sadlier who he says will bring a boost to the team.
He said on the duo: “Clearly it will be good to have them back and available again. For me it is excellent to have them in the squad. We know what they will bring.
“In Kieran Sadlier we will get someone with flair, creativity and someone who can create opportunities. He also has a goal threat to his game which he showed during the pre-season games. So he adds to our attacking strength. Craig is someone who can come in and get control of the game. He will be able to pass and play and get us organised. It is a massive boost for us to have them at our disposal again.”
This is Rovers’ third game in eight days and a second at the Showgrounds in five but Robertson is happy to have games coming thick and fast.
“It is good to be getting straight back out there again after Monday. It will be our fourth game in two weeks but the work we did in pre-season has us prepared for that. The pitches we have played on so far have also been a bit heavy but I walked the pitch at the Showgrounds today and it is in really good condition now for tomorrow. Having that is really conducive to the passing playing style that we have. It has come good quickly and I am pleased as it suits our game.”
Robertson believes that his side have been unfortunate so far with the points total that is on the board but he sees his team improving with more time:
“It is important that with any game we go into it with a winning mentality. That has to be the same for every game, week by week. We were unlucky in the first game against Shamrock Rovers, circumstances didn’t go for us and we ground out a draw with the league leaders Galway on Monday in a tough game.
“We will only get stronger as the year goes on. The team will get better with time. We will add more flow to our game as the condition of the pitches gets better too. I am just currently waiting on the final report to come from the Finn Harps camp tonight and then I will make my final selection on the team for tomorrow.”
And Finn Harps are a team Robertson expects to be tough to beat: “They will be tough to play against. They work hard and are very well organised. That is how they got promotion last year. They have continued that rich vein of form into this year with the win on the first day. We know what to expect from them and we will pay respect to them as a team.
“But we will look to assert ourselves on the game. We know how we want to unlock them and if we can do that then we are in for a very exciting night tomorrow.”