Lyttle pleased with attitude in opening days

Sligo Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle praised his players’ attitude on the first weekend of pre-season training with the opening game already under their belt.

Rovers travelled to Rotterdam to take on RKSV Leonidas and produced a bright opening to go 4-1 up at the break, before a changed side came on for the second period as Greg Moorhouse added to the goals for 5-4 win.

In particular, Lyttle was pleased with the new additions to his squad.

“I was really pleased because we only had one training session prior to the game.

“The first half we were very good. It was great to see the new boys come in and fit in right away. That was what the trip was about. The changes at half-time were always going to lead to a reduction in the performance because we were trying so many different things.

“Overall the attitude was excellent. We didn't have any sleep on the way over because of the travelling which wasn't ideal but we have a good group and I'm happy overall.”

The new dimension to Rovers’ on an attacking level came from Caolan McAleer and Adam Wixted and they certainly made an impression.

“We missed that last year, that wide player, travelling with the ball, biding his time, having shots and creating chances, “ Lyttle said.

“David Cawley was excellent on the ball and it's something we're trying to do more this year. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us. It's positive.”

A busy week will follow on the training pitch and in the gym for the #bitored ahead of a friendly against Irish League side Linfield on Monday.

He revealed trialists will be with the squad as pre-season, while a permanent signing is in the offing.

“We trained yesterday and we have a full week ahead of it now. Linfield will be a good test for us.

“We're looking to add a player this week. We only have 15 at the moment. There is a lot of work going on with that and we’re aiming to have news quite soon if we can.”

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