Sligo Rovers returned from the capital pointless after a 1-0 defeat in Tallaght Stadium to Shamrock Rovers on Friday night.
While it’s a defeat on the night, Sligo played extremely well and had it not been for the sending off of midfielder John Russell it could very well have been a different outcome, one where Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley could have found himself under even more pressure.
A second-half strike from outside the area from Brandon Miele was enough for the Dubliners to take all three points.
Sligo’s Assistant Manager Brian Dorrian told us, “We started the game well, contained Rovers and limited their opportunities. The red card has certainly changed to game for us.”
“Our game plan has to change to facilitate the sending off. When you lose one of your most experienced players it was always going to be a up-hill battle. Playing with 10 men for near enough sixty-five minutes takes serious effort, and the lads stood up to that task which is great credit to them.”
“To concede so early in the second half was a disappointment, but to be fair the goal they scored was a well worked set piece and finished well by Miele.”
“Shamrock Rovers in all honesty were well on top for the second half and created several chances in which Micheal (Schlingermann) saved the majority of them which is great credit to him. Only for him it could have been a 4/5 nil result. The players gave their all which was great for us and the fans to see.”
“We move on now to Monday night away to Harps in the EA Sports Cup, which presents a different challenge in itself, as it’s a North-West Derby.”
Tobi Adebayo-Rowling said, “Fridays game was very difficult when we went down to 10-men, but we felt like we could have won the game if we had all eleven men on the pitch.”
“As the game went on it started to open up, and I felt had we eleven men on the pitch this would’ve been perfect for us as it was a lovely big pitch, and that’s what our team loves to play on.”
“We defend well as a team over the majority of the game but it was very hard to keep going when you have to work extra hard, but we did all we could. We are gutted about the loss and even more so because it’s our rivals Shamrock Rovers.”