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Was it a hard fought win over Bohemians last week and how delighted were you to come out on top?

“It was a tough game obviously. Derbies are always tough but we were delighted to come out on top and get the win.”

Rovers scored nice and early this time through Dylan Watts. Was the goal an example of our good play in the first half especially down that left hand side?

“Yes I think our play in the first half deserved more than the one goal. I thought we created some really good opportunities and played well attacking wise. We were rewarded with Dylan’s goal and the first half was good.”

And did Bohs’ equaliser show how dangerous they looked every time they went forward and went to hit us on the break?

“The equaliser was a combination of things. When you watch it back we had three opportunities to kill it. We didn’t and we got punished. Attacking wise we were very good in he first half but defensively we weren’t so good.”

How did you think the second half unfolded and how did you try to manage things with your substitutions?

“The second half was a lot tighter and there weren’t many chances. It wasn’t as open. We obviously went and won the penalty and won the game but the second half was a different game.”

There’s been a lot of debate around the penalty incident. What was your view of it when you watched it back?

“It’s a penalty. I thought that at the time and I watched it back and felt that as well. The defender gets caught on the wrong side [of Danny Mandroiu] and it’s a penalty.”

And of course a few big decisions have gone against Rovers in derbies in the recent past….

“We’ve had players sent off for the ball hitting them in the face in those games. We’ve had Aaron Greene sent off for a non-tackle. We’ve had a lot of big decisions go against us in those type of games but let’s be honest, that wasn’t the wrong call [on Friday]. It’s a penalty.”

The likes of Pico Lopes and Lee Grace at the back – Lee making his 100th league appearance – helped to see the game out?

“The last 10-15 minutes we had to dig in and that’s not just the players at the back. That’s everyone. We did that really well and showed another side of our game. We dug in and got the win.”

It’s five straight wins now over our rivals. That’s the sort of thing that leaves the fans very happy isn’t it?

“I’m sure it does. It’s nice to win any game but when you beat your rivals, it’s even nicer for the fans and the club. So it was good to keep that run going.”

Finn Harps made a brilliant start but haven’t scored in their last three games. What sort of challenge does Ballybofey present on Friday?

“A really difficult game. They’ve started really well and picked up a lot of good points and they’ve been really good. “

Harps went two-nil up in our FAI Cup quarter-final tie last season. Was that a reminder that they can beat anyone on their day?

“I think that and this season shows that. Last year when we were two down we were deservedly two down at half-time. We got ourselves back in the second half but it showed how dangerous they are and I think they’ve shown that on a number of occasions. If we’re not at our levels we know that Harps will punish us.”

What injuries do we have at the moment?

“Sean Kavanagh is going to be a few weeks from that tackle in Drogheda. And out of the others hopefully we’ll have everyone back for tomorrow.”


Friday’s match in Finn Park will be played behind closed doors. It is available to stream on WatchLOI. Kick off is at 7.45pm