The disappointment etched on the face of Stephen Kenny told it’s own story after Friday night’s game.
ARTHUR DUFFY reports
Having taken two points from a possible six in his last two home games, certainly handed the initiative to both Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers and they took full advantage over the weekend with comprehensive victories over Galway United and Drogheda.
“Of course we’re disappointed with a return of just two points, but it’s amazing to note that in the two games against Drogheda and Bray, we conceded just three attempts on goal and we were punished on each occasion,” he noted.
“That’s hard to believe, but it’s a harsh lesson for us and we’re very disappointed in ourselves,” he added.
“We’ve now gone 18 games without conceding defeat but both those results felt like defeats, but we’ve got to get on with it. All is not yet lost and I’ve no doubt the players will bounce back.”
He opted to take nothing away from Friday night’s opponents, agreeing that the tactics deployed by Pat Devlin’s side had been effective.
“To be fair to Bray Wanderers, their 4-1-4-1 tactics were effective and our players found it difficult to play against that system and penetrate.
“Bray have used the same tactics against Shamrock Rovers and while defeating them twice, they were hard done-by last week when having a man sent off and that basically changed the game and the lost.
“We were fully aware of the way would line-out against again and, to be honest, we knew that we wouldn’t be creating 10 clear-cut scoring chances during the game.
“But to concede a goal from a corner-kick, particularly when the player who scored it was the smallest player on the pitch, was bitterly disappointing. That’s not like us as defending set-plays is one of our strong points,” lamented the Brandywell boss.
“Yes, we’ve hit a setback but we also had difficulties in introducing attacking players as we lost two defenders due to injuries and that certainly wasn’t helpful on the night.
“I think we created four decent chances but we didn’t take advantage. But the player kept going and I felt the quality of our crosses into the box were not what they should have been, our deliveries were below the standard we have set ourselves and that was very disappointing,” he concluded.