Saturday 3 December 2016

Sligo boss hails hero Martin for match-winning performance

Sligo Rovers 1 Bohemians 0

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Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

Dave Robertson:
Dave Robertson: "He is an energiser. You wait for him to stop but then he gets his second wind, then his third wind and his fourth wind, and just keeps going."

Sligo Rovers boss Dave Robertson has hailed attacker Liam Martin for his contribution to the Bit O' Red's upturn in fortune.

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The home side rode their luck in the Showgrounds on Saturday after Bohemians missed numerous clearcut chances in both halves.

But Martin's first-half effort, which was deflected over the line off Dave Mulcahy, proved to be the difference between the sides, and earned a third successive home win for Rovers, who were bottom of the table last month.

The Donegal native is in his second spell at the club and has been an ever-present so far under Robertson, who believes he is only going to get better.

"His energy levels are unbelievable. His discipline and effort in what he does for the team is second to none.

"He is an energiser. You wait for him to stop but then he gets his second wind, then his third wind and his fourth wind, and just keeps going.

"I can't speak highly enough about him. He is still only 21. I think he is a player with huge potential and he has a big future ahead of him."

Martin had to lead the line on his own for 30 minutes of Saturday's game, after centre-back Mick Leahy was red-carded for picking up his second yellow card.

Bohs peppered Micheal Schlingermann's goal with Roberto Lopes, Ismahil Akinade, Keith Buckley and Jake Kelly all presented with great chances to claim a first goal in seven games for the visitors.

Boss Keith Long was left frustrated. "We've utterly dominated the game from start to finish. We created probably 11 chances, and not just half-chances, but gilt-edged, clearcut chances.

"Ultimately we lost the game to a bad goal for us to concede. But I can't fault the players. They worked really hard and we created enough openings to win two games."

SLIGO: Schlingermann, Adebayo-Rowling, Leahy, Boylan, Donelon, Roddan, Keohane, Sadlier, Martin, Cretaro (Clancy 65), Roberts (Russell 61 (Richards 85)).
BOHS: Delany, Pender, Prendergast (D Byrne 38), Mulcahy, Fitzgerald, Ben Mohamed, Lopes (Hayes 78), Wearen, Buckley (Kelly 71), Kavanagh, Akinade.
REF: P McLaughlin.

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