Malachy ORourke looks ahead to Monaghan v Roscommon

Monaghan and Roscommon go head-head in Round 5 of Division 1 of the Football League. A win for the home side will keep them in the hunt for the final while the victors could see relegation confirmed. Despite Roscommon poor start to the league, Malachy O’Rourke is not taking this game for grant. He has been impressed by some of their performances and knows from last year’s game vs the Rossies, they will be nothing easy about this game.

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“Roscommon have improved steadily in all their games. They show great spire and haven’t been too far away in all their games. We know them from last year and we were very lucky to come away with a win”.

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“They’re putting up big scores and are creating plenty of goal chances. If they had convert some of them it be a different day. This will be a tough game for us, a big challenge for us and we are well aware of that”.

Defeat to Tyrone in their last game ended Monaghan unbeaten start to the league. Discipline left Monaghan down big time as they finished the game with 13 players in a four points defeat. This left O’Rourke with mixed emotions after the game.

“It was a strange game in many ways and it was hard to know what to take out of it. We were very disappointed with our first half performance. We never got to the pitch of the game. In fairness to the boys they really got stuck in the second half. Obviously losing two players didn’t help. We have to learn from that and the boys know they can’t do that”.

“We played good football in the second half. We still threatened a Tyrone team, who had two players more”.

Monaghan are well known for being strong defensively but are often criticised for not having enough going forward to make the next step. This is something Malachy O’Rourke is always trying to improve.

“One of the biggest challenges we face is trying to be more potent going forward. It has been levelled at us we over dependent on Conor McManus and we can’t deny that. We are trying to get our system better and trying to get more players to score. It is an area we are trying to improve all the time”.

Roscommon named their team during the week and showed a few chances from the Kerry game. Monaghan are yet to name their name. It is expected they will still be without the Dessie Mone and Colin Walshe but are hopefully Vinnie Corey might play some part.

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