GALWAY FC put the last remaining unbeaten away record in the First Division on the line on Sunday when they travel to the Tallaght Stadium to take on Shamrock Rovers B (3pm).
Tommy Dunne’s side go into the game on a fine run of form which has seen them record three wins and a draw in their last four outings, with three clean sheets thrown in for good measure, making it seven games from 11 League and Cup outings in which the defence has not been breached.
“We have five clean sheets in nine League games, and two in the EA Sports Cup – a team that picks up cleansheets regularly gives itself opportunities to win matches, and that’s what we’ve got to try to do.
“Of course we will try to play but we want to win matches, there has to be a purpose – look at the Champions League in recent times, teams try to play but it’s not always the case that you will win matches if you try to play.
“We want to play in order to win games but cleansheets are important to us – if you get them, you have opportunities to do well,” Dunne said after last Monday’s 1-0 win at home to Finn Harps in the EA Sports Cup.
A win over Waterford United in the league the previous Friday night has moved the side up to third in the table, and Dunne feels his side is starting to gel, although he is not getting carried away by the recent run of results.
“I still we could be better, at times against Waterford we didn’t move the ball quick enough when it needed to be moved. I think it was important to win, to be truthful the previous games at home we sort of left it short a little bit at different times,” he said.
He is expecting a tough challenge against a Shamrock Rovers B side that has climbed to fourth in the table following successive wins over Cobh Ramblers (3-1 at home) and Finn Harps (1-0 away), although he admits that the Tallaght second-string outfit are still something of an unknown quantity.
“It is a big game on Sunday, but all League games are big and we have got to try and get three points. We’re going to Tallaght not really sure what kind of side we’ll face but in fairness to Rovers, they have been keeping it quite consistent in regards to players they have used.
“They had a great result against Finn Harps last week and we are under no illusions – people say they are a young team and are there for the taking, but they are at home and playing well, for us we have got to play as best we possibly can and see can we pick up three points,” he said.
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