Rovers Preview: Duggy Wants Home Improvement

Rovers Preview: Duggy Wants Home Improvement


Limerick captain Shane Duggan is hoping to see home improvement in the closing months of the season, with the skipper stating they must make Thomond Park “as much of a fortress as we can”.

The Shannonsiders have accumulated the same number of points on the road (ten), with just three wins from their nine home league games so far this term.

And while two of those victories have come in their last three attempts, Duggan knows their recent reversal to Bohemians was a costly one, with Limerick slipping to ninth having come back from the midseason break in the top half.

Limerick – on a four-game losing streak – now face into a daunting set of fixtures as they are set to tackle four of the top six over the next 17 days, beginning with the visit of Shamrock Rovers on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

The 25-year-old midfielder, from Norwood Park, takes encouragement from his team’s display at Tallaght Stadium back in early May, where they conceded a 96th-minute equaliser through a penalty rebound.

And he wants to make up for that late disappointment and make it a “special one” for Martin Russell, who is taking charge of his first home game for the club.

“Every game is going to be tough but we won’t fear anybody. We played Rovers up there and we were unlucky not to get the win,” Duggy told

“We know they’re a very good team and they’re going to be coming down looking for the three points because they’re still in the title race. But I feel if we play to our full potential we have nothing to fear and we’ll be going out trying to get the three points.

“We probably haven’t been good enough at home this season or picked up the amount of points that we wanted as a team.

“We have to make our home form count and make Thomond Park as much of a fortress as we can and make it hard for teams coming here. So far this season, we haven’t really been able to do that.

“Hopefully, we can turn things around now and start picking up more wins at home. It comes down to everything – to us on the field, to the supporters. We can all feed off each other.

“We know we have to be better at home; we need teams to fear coming here, where they know they’re going to be in for a right hard game and not going to go away with too many points.

“Hopefully, with the new boys coming in, we can pick up from here and start putting results together and move up the table. We have got some really tough games coming up but we just have to take each game as it comes.

“We can’t look beyond Friday with Rovers coming to town, which is always a good fixture. We have to focus on this game and try to get the three points, which would be huge for us.

“We’re motivated for every game but when you’re playing the top teams, especially the way we drew with them the last day too, it gives you a bit of extra fire in the belly to try to pick up full points at home – especially with the new manager coming in as well.

“It’s Martin’s first home game in charge so you want it to be a special one for him. Hopefully we can do that.”

Date: Thursday 31 July 2014