Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mannus 'massive loss' to Hoops

CRAIG SIVES was speaking for all of his team-mates when he declared that Alan Mannus will be a significant loss to Shamrock Rovers if the Northern Irishman leaves the club after the second leg of their Champions League tie with Flora Tallinn next Tuesday, writes DANIEL McDONNELL.

It is expected that Mannus will depart for Scottish club St Johnstone after the Estonia assignment, with the League of Ireland champions losing the big netminder due to an 'escape' clause in his contract.

Mannus saved a penalty-kick as Rovers earned a 1-0 advantage at Tallaght on Tuesday after Sives was penalised for a clumsy foul and the big Scottish defender acknowledged: "Alan has pulled me out of a hole. He is top-class goalkeeper and it will be a massive loss if he goes.

"Last year, with the saves he pulled off, especially in the early part of the season, he must have won us 12 or 15 points. That shows his worth."

Mannus remained tight-lipped on his future, opting instead to speak of his joy at bouncing back from his clanger in Derry last Friday.

"The only goalkeepers who don't make mistakes are the ones who don't play," he said. "The most important thing is you don't keep making the same mistakes and you learn from it when something goes wrong."

Irish Independent

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