Sligo Rovers striker Adam Morgan has described Monday's visit to Bray Wanderers as "must win" game if the Bit O'Red are to show they mean business in this year's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division. Morgan netted Rovers' only goal of the game on
Sligo Rovers striker Adam Morgan has described Monday's visit to Bray Wanderers as "must win" game if the Bit O'Red are to show they mean business in this year's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.
Morgan netted Rovers' only goal of the game on Friday night during their last minute defeat to Waterford at the Showgrounds. This was Sligo's third defeat in their opening four games and with three trips to Bray, Bohs and St Pat's to come in the space of seven days, Morgan is adamant his side must return from the Carlisle Grounds with a win given their poor start to 2018.
"If we want to do something this season we must win on Monday", he stated. "We've got to go there and set up to get maximum points. It's extremely important that we go there and win that game. There's nothing else to do now than go and get three points."
Morgan has already found the net on three occasions this season. But the former Liverpool man insists he would gladly swap those goals for some badly needed league points. He's also insists that Sligo's problems are ones they must deal with as a team.
"I've scored three in four games which isn't bad but I'd give them all back to have four wins on the board. Our form is not down to one individual, it's a collective. As a team, we're missing that something. We don't know what it is yet but we're going to keep on fighting until we know what it is and put it right.
"I know the quality of this team. I know how good Caolan (McAleer), Adam (Wixted) and Ali (Roy) so I know the ball is coming. It's just that bit of luck we need that's missing, but once we start flowing we'll be fine."
Manager Ger Lyttle will rely on Morgan to supply the goals over the coming weeks as he looks to pull his charges out of a rut. The current run is something Adam is keen to continue with.
"I won't always have the best 90 minutes but I think I'm always good for a goal. I had one chance against Waterford and I scored so that's a nice thing but we should have won that game. We've lost three games out of four at home now and it's just not good enough."
Reflecting further on that 2-1 loss, courtesy of a 90th minute Courtney Duffus strike, the 23-year-old says the sluggish start hindered Sligo.
"We were miles of it in the first half", he says. "We came into the game having had a good week's training. Our preparation was excellent but we just didn't get out of bed the first half and I don't think you can take any positives from that 45. We were below-par.
"If you look at the second half, it looked like there was only ever one team that was going to win it. We've had a couple of chances to win it and then it's just one of those days.
"But there were a few harsh words said at half-time. We needed a rocking and we got one. We dominated the second half and we knew the goal was coming. Then to lose the way we did was heart breaking."
Having featured for several clubs across varying levels across the Irish Sea, Morgan says he's enjoyed his stay in Ireland so far. He's also says the physicality of the league is nothing new to him.
"It's very similar to what I've played in over in England. There's always going to be centre halves who want to kick you, but I'm used to that now. I've been kicked a lot worse and a lot harder in life!"