Limerick FC Tommy Barrett
FALTERING Limerick FC will be looking to record their first win in eight SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures when travelling to Tallaght Stadium on Friday night to face Shamrock Rovers.
Ninth-placed Limerick remain in the relegation play-off position in the Premier Division table following Tuesday night’s 3-0 home defeat to leaders Dundalk.
Limerick have picked up just two points from their last eight league fixtures, while the Blues have scored just five goals in 12 top flight league fixtures.
The Blues are five points clear of bottom side Bray Wanderers.
On a positive note, Tuesday night’s game saw a return to action for the fit-again Eoin Wearen, who was introduced as a second half substitute, while Conor Clifford continues to impress after making his debut for the Blues against Sligo Rovers on Saturday last.
Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett said: Conor (Clifford) along with Shane Duggan has been our best player the last two games. He has been really good.
“We are glad to have him, lucky to have it. Obviously, if he is with us for the rest of the year we are delighted to have him. After that then, he is obviously going to look to go further.
“Things can change in football, Conor could be here next year. We would love to him, but we are realistic too that we may not have him.”
Poor defensive errors cost Limerick dear against leaders Dundalk when the Co Louth side raced into the lead after eight minutes through John Mountney, before Patrick Hoban added a second goal on the half hour mark.
Limerick did create some decent scoring chances in the second half, but failed to convert any of them.
Tommy Barrett insists he is not ‘overly worried’ about his side’s run of form.
“No, I’m not overly worried. We are still contending with a lot of injuries. We know where we are at.
“Like I said last week, everyone was slaughtering us at the start of the season, thinking that we are going to be bottom with our squad.
“We had to rush to get it together. Of course I was being super positive at the start, I still think we are better than we are showing.
“We just have to stop conceding silly goals. I thought we were better against Dundalk than we were against Sligo on Saturday, to be fair.
“You can’t concede stupid goals like that. When you are in a scrap you need to keep a clean sheet and work hard as a minimum.
“We don’t look like scoring and that is a worry for us. We had a few chances tonight against Dundalk, but they were scrappy.
“We had good play around the middle, Willie Fitzgerald was very good on it, but we need to retain the ball more in the final third.”
Friday night’s opponents Shamrock Rovers go into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to basement side Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds on Monday night.
Rovers have now lost their last three league fixtures on the bounce.
Barrett said: “They are not on a great run, we are obviously not.
“Stephen (Bradley’s) job is a difficult one. he has given young lads a lot of chances. Both he and the club have gone with that model.
“Obviously, in Rovers, they want success. I am not sure what his budget is like, but from the players he has, he’s got really good players.
“It is not always down to the manager, the players have to play for him too. They have to show a bit too.
“I went to their match with Bray on Monday night. To be fair to them, it was a very difficult match, the wind was like 100 miles per hour.
“A mistake was always going to win that game and that is what it came down to.”