Saturday, 28 March 2015

The manager's view

We’ll travel with 

confidence – Des

Des Newton (Roscommon manager)

Roscommon manager Des Newton spoke to People Sport ahead of Sunday’s National League game between Roscommon and Wexford (see match preview on page 48). “We will be travelling with confidence after last week’s win against Antrim. We will be picking an experienced team because we are keeping one eye on the U-21 game next week. There will be a couple of the U-21s on the panel but the majority of those lads will not be playing against Wexford. 

  “Lads like Karol Mannion and Senan Kilbride are easing their way back into the team and they will certainly be getting more game time on Sunday next and I have been delighted with the effort of the players in recent weeks.

  “This will be a tough game for us. Wexford have a number of very good forwards and they have been banging in the goals so we will have to take account of that. Or defence will have to be on the ball. 

  “We are traveling down on Saturday evening and the early start (12.45 pm) will mean a different pre match schedule for us. But it will be the same for both teams. Wexford Park is a very big pitch so there will be a lot of space for the teams to operate. It is a game that we are looking forward to and we can go there and win it.” 

Ryan expecting 

a close encounter

Jason Ryan (Wexford manager)

“We have done fairly well so far so far but we have played both Offaly and Tipperary, both of whom have been having problems. I feel sorry for Tipperary. They are ravaged with injuries and Offaly are just going through a bad time. We were beaten by Sligo so we know we are up against it on Sunday next. 

  “We have a very settled team and that’s a great help to us. Since the end of the national league last year, through the championship and on to this year’s league we have a lot of the same players so that is a great advantage. 

  “This is a big game for both sides. We always seem to play Roscommon in games that have a lot at stake. The last time we played in the league we needed to win and so did Roscommon, and before that we played in the qualifiers and it was a draw the first day and Roscommon won the replay. 

  “I expect that we will have much the same team available to us as we have had for the past few weeks. We are expecting a very tough challenge from  Roscommon and it will be interesting to see how the early start affects both teams. 

  “It is a vital game for us. Roscommon are under a new manager and will come to Wexford Park expecting to beat us so we will have to be up for the challenge. One thing is for certain, there won’t be much in it at the final whistle.”