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Sunday 28 December 2014

Spot kick awards are talking point again

PJ Murray

Published 08/05/2013 | 05:28

6 May 2013; Declan O'Brien, Drogheda United, reacts after missing a penalty. Airtricity League Premier Division, Drogheda United v St. Patricks Athletic, Hunky Dorys Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
O’Brien reacts after missing from the penalty spot.

A DESPONDENT Declan O'Brien was left to rue his penalty miss as Drogheda were denied a point by a 92nd-minute Killian Brennan penalty, but speaking after the game the veteran striker said that he felt neither penalty should have been awarded.

'I don't think any of the penalties were penalties, but that's the way it goes. We probably would have went on to win the game from that, so I'm very disappointed, but we just have to go and dust ourselves off and go again Saturday. You can't have your head down for too long.'

Pats are the only side to beat Drogheda in the league, this being the second defeat to the Saints, and when asked if Liam Buckley's team now hold a hoodoo over the Boynesiders, O'Brien just said that Pats are a good side.

'They are a good side if you let them play. I think we were terrible in the first half - they probably should have been one up at half-time - but as the game went on we fancied nicking it. I think over the game it probably should have been a draw.'

Drogheda played out a tough 2-2 draw with Bohemians on Friday and I asked, was there still a hangover from that game?

'I don't think so. I think it was the three o'clock kick-off and it was quite warm out there and we just didn't really get out of the traps in the first half, but the heat should have been the same for them. It was a scrappy game and the condition of the pitch didn't help.'

O'Brien's team now face a big task to pick themselves up for Saturday's cup decider, but Drogheda are good when coming from defeat.

'We've done it before last season. When we had some disappointments we just bounced right back and I think that was one great trait that we had, and we'll be just looking to do that again this weekend.

'At training Wednesday there will be no talk of this game; we'll learn from it and move on,' he concluded.

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