Tuesday 20 August 2019

Rovers 'didn't do enough' to win against the Blues

Jessica Farry

Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley felt his side didn't do enough to beat Waterford on Saturday night.

A win would have brought Rovers closer to both St. Patrick's Athletic and Derry City.

Buckley said: "We're desperate to pick up points and see how we go for the rest of the season. There was an opportunity before the game to get a bit tighter to the ones ahead of us but we didn't do enough today.

"A draw was probably a fair result. I'm sure they had a bit more play at the end when Dante was sent off but we both huffed and puffed and we didn't do enough."

The Bit O'Red started the game well and could have gone ahead on 18 minutes through a penalty, but Romeo Parkes' spot-kick was saved by Matthew Connor in the Waterford goal.

"You get a penalty, it's a free shot at goal. It was disappointing because I thought we were doing ok.

"If you go 1-0 up in these games it's very difficult to peg them back, especially the way we've been defending in recent weeks. I think we deserved a point."

The visitors looked the better side in the second-half, but were unable to break down the steely Rovers rearguard.

"We changed a couple of bits and pieces into the second-half, we huffed and puffed but there was a lack of quality from our end of it, we need to get that better. We still have the best part of a dozen games and the cup to go, we just need to improve. We can't afford performances like that going forward, otherwise you won't pick up points.

"They linked it in far better than we did at times. That's one area that we want to improve on."

The Rovers boss felt that Leverock's sending off was harsh.

"I thought it was a harsh second yellow, it wasn't deliberate. The referee has seen it that way and that's all that matters."

Rovers performances have been up and down in recent weeks, and Buckley feels that the number of suspensions and injuries within his squad hasn't helped them build any consistency.

"What compounds all this is the issue we have with injuries and suspensions. We've had a mountain of them this year, I'm sick to death of them.

"Lewis is missing today, Regan is missing for the last few weeks. Every week there's two, three or four players missing and next week there's another couple of suspensions.

"I'm not sure if there was any injuries from today. That does hinder where we're going. We've a fairly small, tight squad. I do want them to be better.

"A bit more composure is required when we are on the ball so that we can develop our play so that we can repeat that on a regular basis. We're still up and down."

Buckley was impressed with Danny Kane's debut, and said he will have a look for more players during the window.

"We're delighted with Danny, I thought he did great today. I'm still looking. The problem we have it in July, there's very few clubs letting our their starting 11 or their bench. It's very hard to get players that are better than what you have here."

Rovers take on Derry on Friday evening in what is sure to be a difficult game.

"There's not an easy match in this league, we've played Dundalk and beat them, we've played Finn Harps and lost.

"It will be tight again up in Derry, they drew with UCD last night, we beat UCD last week. We just have to make sure we give it our best.

"There is a bit of steeliness about the group in relation to how we're defending.

"We just need to be better on the ball. It's my team, it's my club, I want these lads to play better. I want us passing better and to take pride in what we're doing."

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