Wednesday 24 January 2018

Turner wary of 'wounded animals' as Connor's men seek revenge

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Shamrock Rovers midfielder Chris Turner believes Galway United will be on a mission when they visit Tallaght Stadium tonight.

Having previously worked under Tribesmen boss Sean Connor at Sligo Rovers, Bohemians and Dundalk, the former Northern Ireland U-21 international knows the man behind tonight's opponents as well as anyone.

The Hoops rebounded from their 5-1 nightmare at Oriel Park by hammering 10-man United 6-0 last Friday night in the FAI Ford Cup and they can extend their lead at the top of the table to six points tonight.

But Turner warns that the men from the west will be gunning for revenge on their return to southwest Dublin.

"I know Sean and he will have them right up for the game," he said.

"They'll be like wounded animals. I think we showed good bouncebackability with the result against Galway on Friday night.

Setback

"Before the Galway game we wanted to show people we could come back from a setback and it was a factor, them going down to 10 men. But we still had to beat them and it's not always easy to beat a 10-man side because they get behind the ball and make things difficult for you.

"We showed good character, but it's going to be a different game on Friday night.

"No two games are the same, so we've got to approach it the right way and we've prepared properly all week for it, so hopefully we'll get the right result."

Turner admits that Bohemians' draw in Sligo on Tuesday means his side are in the driving seat in the title race. The 23-year-old believes this Rovers team is in better shape than the Gypsies side he left three years ago, who went on to claim back-to-back titles.

"This team has better character," he said. "All the players and knitted tighter together than that Bohs team and there's a lot more team bonding going on than there was when I was at Bohs.

"It was obviously a bonus, Bohs drawing the game and dropping points. Obviously it helps us but we're just concentrating on our own performances and our own results.

"It doesn't really take the pressure off, we're just concentrating on our performances.

"At the end of the day if we win all our matches then we win the league so the ball's in our court and that's what we're concentrating on."

Irish Independent

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