Shams v Rovers: Robbo's View
Just two days on from facing Wexford Youths Dave Robertson is happy for the games to keep coming as his brings an in-form Rovers team to Tallaght.
Robertson sees the game as the ideal test for his team who have gained much confidence since the opening night defeat to Shamrock Rovers at The Showgrounds.
The Bit o’Red boss is happy with the team’s recent form but is putting all the focus on getting a good result tomorrow:
“Once we are in good form we want the games to continue coming. They are coming thick and fast and the moment and that’s a good thing for us, they can’t really come quick enough. The lads had a very good weekend and have done well in the recovery session and in training today. We are just fully focused now on the next game which is Shamrock Rovers.
“With the group we have got a really strong team spirit. That is something that we are enhancing and will look to continue to develop in time. We go onto the next game now and there is no better fixture than going to Tallaght to play shamrock Rovers. We will be going to play there with plenty of confidence in the team.”
With a full set of fixtures played and 13 points earned Robertson believes that his team will be much better equipped for the second Clash of the Rovers of 2016:
“We will be 11 games better off than when we last played them and we are 11 games better off as a team and a group. We have been playing with the style of football that we want and done so well. We will need to continue to show good instincts in front of goal and be good defensively. The team has evolved and matured so we are in a better place than when we played them before.”
Raff Cretaro has scored the opening goal in each of Rovers recent win and Robertson is delighted to see the form of the Rovers veteran and how his team are doing in front of goal in general:
“I have been over the moon with his performances. It is great to deal with a high performance player. His key has been the consistency he has shown with very high levels and his goal scoring. He is full of confidence at the moment and he brings a lot to the team.
“But a real good thing for us is that we have goals right across the team. We have Jordan Richards with two in his last three and Liam Martin, Jimmy Keohane and Jaanai Gordon have all got on the scoresheet. There are lots of positives for us at the moment. When teams are planning for playing against us there isn’t just one area they can target stopping.”