DANNY Lafferty’s progress this season has not gone unnoticed, the left-back netting his seventh goal of the season against Galway United on Sunday night.
SIMON COLLINS reports
But, as was the case with so many members of the playing staff, the disappointing 1-0 defeat in Tallaght Stadium by Shamrock Rovers last Thursday night, had remained at the back of everyone’s mind and Lafferty was no different.
“With the greatest respect to Galway, they are where they are in the league for a reason, so it was very important that we approached the game in the right mindset and not just turn up on the night and think it was just going to happen for us,” insisted the Derry defender.
“Especially after the result last Thursday night, we couldn’t afford to feel sorry for ourselves. We needed to bounce back straight away and, at the same time, score a few goals against them.
“Thankfully, we did that and that was nice because we really haven’t been firing on all cylinders lately and that’s been disappointing,” he maintained.
Lafferty also praised the Galway keeper who, he said, made some “unbelieveable saves” which had kept the score lower than it really should have been.
“He produced quite a few top drawer saves to keep the score down and, but for him I think we would have added a few more goals on the night. But, nevertheless, I think we produced a good team performance, we were professional and we recorded a decent result after dominating the game.
Commenting on his uncanny ability to score goals, particularly this season in the top flight, the player was delighted.
“It’s nice to get on the scoresheet again, I think that’s seven goals in the league now and one in the cup so it’s not a bad return for a left-back, but I think we could have scored a couple against Rovers on Thursday, we created a few good chances in that game and failed to take advantage - myself included,” he admitted.
“In the end, it was all about getting three points, that was crucial and it really didn’t matter how we would achieve that. The atmosphere in the stands was a bit flat on the night so I think our supporters feel the same way as the players did in relation to the Rovers match.
“But we went about our business in a professional manner, we scored some good goals and put together some good passages of play and I think we conducted ourselves very well.”