Dykes relieved to get first win
Gavin Dykes was relieved to get the first win of his spell in charge last night with the 4-0 victory over UCD.
Rovers dominated the game at the Showgrounds with Eamon Zayed scoring in the first half and three more goals in the second from Gary Armstrong, Paul O’Conor and Danny Ledwith.
Dykes said he was pleased with the performance and the win: “Relieved to get the win I suppose. I thought we played well, I thought we did well against Cork also. Against Drogheda we didn’t do too much. We’ve done a few days work with the players. Ciaran Kelly has put in a huge amount of work no more than myself and it’s nice to get the reward tonight. I thought we played quite well, passed the ball well and it was an enjoyable win.”
The philosophy we have with the under-19s is we try and play football the right way. That’s why some of the younger lads coming on took to it like a duck to water. They know the game and they know what it’s about. I’m thrilled for them and I’m thrilled for some of the senior lads also because it’s been a difficult couple of weeks for them. Hopefully we’ll kick on now. As I said before it’s a great job for somebody. There’s some great talent here and it’s a great bunch of players. Hopefully the club will get the right person which I have no doubt they will.”
The Bit o’Red made a fast start to the second half getting two quick goals to put the game out of UCD’s reach: “We said at half-time that UCD were not going to lie down. They are in a bit of trouble relegation wise. I thought we could go up tempo wise and we did. We started very well and got the second goal and once we got the third one that killed it. But we still had to keep players playing and keep them tuned in. Keeping a clean sheet was very important as we haven’t kept one since I came in so that’s a bonus.”
On the performance of man of the match Gary Armstrong: “He’s only a kid and we’ve got to mind him. He’s a talent no more than some of the other kids that are coming through. I thought Ryan McManus done very well when he came on, Regan Donelon done well and people are looking at Gary Boylan and thinking he’s a senior player and he’s only a kid and Ruairi Keating as well. So it was nice for Gary to get a goal and it was no more than he deserved. But we just have to mind these young players now and ensure that the future is bright for Sligo Rovers.”