Listen to this post:
The damage was done against Harps with that three-goal blitz in a 10-minute first half spell. You must have been delighted with the football on display at times?
“I thought we were very good. We started the game really well and managed to get the three goals in the first half. That killed the game which was really good because some of our play deserved the goals. Thankfully we got them.”
It was good to see Pico Lopes get his first goal of the season and then it’s two Danny headers from a great move and another really good ball in…
“I’m delighted for Pico. He’s been close on a number of occasions this year but he’s off the mark now. I thought Danny was brilliant all night. With his movement, he looks so dangerous. He got the two goals and maybe should have had a couple more. He was excellent.”
Was everyone disappointed to concede the goal for Harps to pull it back to 3-1?
“We’re disappointed because we had a number of opportunities to clear it and we didn’t take it. It was a little bit sloppy on our behalf and to be fair to them, they punished us. So we’re disappointed with the goal we gave away.”
Somehow the score remained as it was in the second half despite our possession and numerous opportunities. Was Aidomo particularly unlucky not to get on the scoresheet?
“Yes, we had a few opportunities in the second half and another night, you take one or two of them. To be fair to their keeper, he made some good saves and obviously we hit the post a couple of times as well. You would have liked to add to the scoreline but we can’t complain. We played well, especially in the early parts of the second half.”
There was a bit of rotation in your team, maybe with Monday in mind. Sean Hoare and Gary were rested for the first time and Chris McCann made his first start of the season. How did he do?
“I thought Chris was brilliant. He controlled the whole tempo of the game. He quickened the game up when it needed to be and slowed it down when it needed to be. His positioning and decision-making were very good. It’s not easy to come in, after not playing, to produce a performance like that. He was very good.”
We’ve drawn both games with Sligo so far this season and we obviously met quite recently. Will the team be eager to get the three points over them at the third time of asking?
“Hopefully we can, that’s the aim. It’s going to be a difficult game. They’ve shown that because we’ve played them twice this year and haven’t managed to win either game. We’ve got to focus and do everything possible to get the three points.”
Any injuries and suspensions to come out of Friday?
“Lee Grace (groin) will definitely miss tomorrow and then there are one or two other knocks that we’ll have to look at in the morning.”
The fans gave you a great reception on Friday after your decision was announced. Have a lot of people around the club said nice things to you in recent days?
Yes, and a massive thanks to the fans for that. It was really appreciated. There’s been a good atmosphere around the club and hopefully we can keep it that way. Long may it continue.”