Rogers Focused On Rovers Test After Sheriff Win
Dundalk had one of the most famous nights in their history on Thursday with a penalty shootout win over Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova.
After the match finished 1-1, extra-time couldn’t provide a winner and the Lilywhites were dramatic winners, 5-3 on penalties.
The goalkeeping hero Gary Rogers spoke to dundalkfc.com after the match and he was understandably thrilled to get through and feels that it was exactly what his side deserved.
“Thursday night was a fantastic win for us. We worked our socks off and it was no more than we deserved. It was brilliant and since both Filippo and Giuseppe have come in it has been fantastic. We have really kicked on and Thursday against Sheriff was a brilliant performance.
“From start to finish, extra-time and the penalties it was a brilliant performance all over the park and we should have won the game outright I felt. You never know what way penalties will go but I feel that we got what we deserved, we tried to win the game and it was a great win for us.”
It was another European win for the goalkeeper and he doesn’t take them for granted at any age, especially as it was his 39th birthday just shortly after the shootout.
It was an early birthday present for the Meath man and he is intent on adding to that one by taking advantage of the ‘brilliant opportunity’ in the playoff next Thursday but is expecting a difficult challenge against Ki Klaksvik of the Faroe Islands.
“The European games are the pinnacle of your career. For me, it is great to be performing at this level and at my ripe old age! Every European game is a bonus and you have to enjoy them. You have to enjoy them anyway but as you get older you have to enjoy them and cherish them which we do.
“I arrived in Moldova 38 and I left 39! But look we are all delighted with it and every European win is important. They can be hard to come by. We have won two back to back now and we want to go on again.
“We have a brilliant opportunity to go on in the playoff. We want to make history and get to the Europa League group stages which is always the objective of this group. I think people are sick of talking about 2016.
“Especially for lads who have come into the group, they now have a chance to go and experience what we have in the past. It would be a phenomenal achievement and it would be very special if we could go and do that.
“It’s going to be a brilliant occasion next week and we are at home which is a huge advantage at any stage but especially a playoff. Ki are a good side themselves and they had a brilliant win over Dinamo Tbilisi so we know it’s going to be a tough tie on Thursday.
“We will study them and see what we can learn. We will do all our homework and prepare properly. Hopefully that will get us through to the group stages. ”
Before that, there is the league clash with Shamrock Rovers on Sunday evening at Oriel Park.
The top two clash in what promises to be an entertaining clash and Rogers knows that we must not let our focus slip and wants to gain a crucial three points against the hoops.
“Shamrock Rovers are a good side and we are focused. We are familiar with them and know what kind of players that they have.
“They are having a good season and are top so we know it’s going to be a difficult game but we go into it with a lot of confidence after Thursday and hopefully we can get the three points we need. “