Lyttle pleased with points and keen for more
Sligo Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle said he wants more from his team after a dominant display against Bray Wanderers on Monday night in the Carlisle Grounds.
Rovers raced into a 2-0 lead against Bray in this SSE Airtricity Premier Division encounter, with Caolan McAleer scoring two fine goals.
Paul O’Conor got one back for Bray in the second half but Rovers held on for the three points, and it should have been a lot more comfortable because the manner of the display by the away side.
“It should have been”, said Lyttle.
“That is the little negative of tonight and trying to stay positive. It could have easily been 3-0 or 4-0 at the end of the first half.
“At half-time we said let’s get the third goal and kill the game. We didn't get that. They came out second half, made two subs at half-time and that gave them a little lift.
“We sort of struggled to cope and keep the ball as well as we were. We were passing for the sake of passing sometimes which we didn't want.
“We got the ball forward very quickly in the first half and it was not quite as quick in the second half.
AUDIO: Gerard Lyttle hails "excellent" McAleer on a night he feels his team could have had even more goals after some brilliant displays, particularly in first half.
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“We'll watch the video over and learn from that. Hopefully there are other positives as well”
McAleer has been a big presence in the games so far this season, continually involved in attacking play, and his manager felt goals were always on the cards for the tricky winger.
“You make your own luck how hard you work and all that, but that has been definitely coming. From day one he has been getting into serious positions and just lacked that wee bit of quality in the final third in terms of his decision making; whether he is passing or shooting or when to bring other people in the game.
“I thought tonight he was excellent, all over. His offensive work and defensive work was excellent.”
Rovers are one game down in a run of away matches, with a trip to Dalymount Park on Friday and Richmond Park on Monday set to come for Lyttle’s men.
Asked whether the win in Bray takes off some pressure, Lyttle said: “No it doesn't. We want to build some momentum. The boys will not be getting carried away with anything.
“We want to try to string back-to-back wins together. That is the next target for us. We were disappointed that we won against Derry and came out against Cork with a performance that wasn't good enough.
“We deserved more than we got against Waterford. We've built on that second half and brought it into tonight and gladly got the three points.”
Kick-off in Dalymount on Friday is 7:45pm