Sligo Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle spoke to theleagueofireland.com after the 1-1 draw with St Patrick’s Athletic. They came from a goal down after half an hour, from striker Christy Fagan, to grab a point in Inchicore.
“I thought we deserved the win on Friday night. In the second half we camped pats in their own half. We had a lot of chances but couldn’t score,” said Lyttle.
Michael Leahy scored the equalising goal with just eight minutes remaining for his second league goal of the season. Lyttle said, “I’m delighted for big Mick, he took his goal well from another set play. I think that’s two for this season, which is very pleasing because it’s something we work on and already it’s been working.”
When asked about Kieran Sadlier’s start to the season, Lyttle didn’t hold back saying, “Sadlier was exceptional again last night. He’s been the stand-out performer in the league this season, and not only his talent, as we now have him working on the other side of the game which is equally important for him and his team.”
“Because of the pressure and attacking play we put on them, Pats caught us on the counter twice with our keeper pulling of a great save and Regan (Donelon) clearing one off the line.”
“It was a really good performance from the boys. We got hit hard with injuries only having two young lads fit on the bench. Raff (Cretaro) and Craig (Roddan) had niggles but were prepared to go on if needed and play through.”
Lyttle also spoke about the two youngsters, Mikey Place and Martin Walsh, who made their league debuts in the game, “Delighted that Mickey Place was making his debut, he’s a great lad who’s been working extremely hard and derserved his chance. Also young Martin Walsh made his debut as well both 18 years old. I would much rather develop our own home grown players rather than other teams young stars. Makes better sense to me. We have a good crop of players on our doorstep so if they are good enough they will get their chance with me.”
When asked about the departure of Matthew Stevens and the future of Tobi Adebayo-Rowling Lyttle said, “I’m planning ahead and Matty, who was on loan, I felt he wasn’t going to part of my plans moving forward. That’s not to say he’s not a good player, because he is, but I’ve got to be thinking ahead now with the transfer window coming. Tobi is part of my plans. He’s a talented boy with a bright future ahead but we felt his performances have been well below par of the standards he has set himself from last season, so chatting to him this week I thought it would be best for him to take a step back watch the game from the stand and refocus on being a good player which is what he is. He will be available along with a few others now for cork game. If we can show same passion and desire as we did last night I believe we will start winning more games.”