Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley felt his side just shaded last Tuesday’s game with Dundalk in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.
Rovers came from behind as Patrick Hoban’s goal was cancelled out by Andre Wright and then Lewis Banks won it early in the second half.
Dundalk had the better of the play in the first half but the Bit O’ Red took more control in the next 45 minutes.
Buckley said: “We deserved it marginally. We both had spells of possession overall I think we deserved it, especially with the chance we had in the second half where Johnny Kenny was through on goal. I think overall on the balance of things it was a fair result. It was a really close one.”
The Rovers boss was pleased to see his side bounce back from the concession of the goal to Hoban and a sloppy start, given the problems conceding goals caused during a tough summer spell.
“It did help to get that goal back quickly as we have been behind in quite a few matches and found it difficult to get back into them, never mind go on to win them. That was great and it put us right back in it. We know Dundalk have quite a few injuries.
“That said, we’ve had them over the last few months which hasn’t helped us. I have no doubt going forward they will win a few games.
“Looking at tonight’s game, there was very little between us and them.
“They’ve still got a strong group so I have no doubt they’ll be feeling a little bit unlucky. From where we are at, it’s a great three points.”
Not for the first time this season, Banks was the danger at the set-piece and it looked like a rehearsed effort.
The Rovers manager said considerable time goes into perfecting placed balls.
“We have worked on it – although slightly different to the one we scored this evening. Nonetheless we do work on all our set plays.”