Win will lift the ‘Gray’ mood at Milltown

Warrenpoint manager, Barry Gray is hoping the win over Institute can lift the spirits at Milltown.
Warrenpoint manager, Barry Gray is hoping the win over Institute can lift the spirits at Milltown.
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Under-fire Warrenpoint Town boss, Barry Gray is hoping Wednesday night’s JBE League Cup quarter-final win at Institute can help lift the ‘doom and gloom’ at Milltown.

The Co. Down men are rooted to the bottom of the Danske Bank Irish Premiership and went into the midweek cup game on the back of a 0-4 thrashing at home to Coleraine.

Gray had reportedly stepped down after that game having failed to fulfil his post-match media commitments.

However, the Point boss was adamant that he was staying in the hotseat for the duration and he’s hoping the 1-2 win at the Riverside will silence some of his critics.

“We’re delighted with it. The boys are in a poor situation at the minute, confidence levels and form - we all are, management included.

“So Wednesday’s game was a big task and we don’t generally perform well in midweek games, especially games we have to travel to.

“We went a goal down and we were a bit disheartened but they dug in and got to half-time 1-1. Second half we were dominant for large patches.

“I was disappointed we didn’t score a few more in the latter stages as we had a few chances.”

Gray believes the extended cup run can prove to be a welcome distraction to their current league slump.

“Generally I’m delighted to be in the last four of the cup,” added the Warrenpoint boss.

“It’s the first time the club have been in the semi-final of a senior cup!”

And he didn’t expect to have such an easy passage into the semi-finals.

“‘Stute had a good win on Saturday against Ards and we knew we were up against it. It’s been a disruptive week because there’s been a lot of speculation about my position from Saturday’s result.

“So we had to deal with that in training and prepare for this game. This is a welcome distraction as we now have a semi-final to look forward to and the draw.

“Our league situation is a bit doom and gloom at the minute so hopefully this brings a degree of comfort to everyone.

“Hopefully we can kick off from this a bit now.”