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Monday 27 May 2019

Goal-shy Seagulls need to bounce back quickly

The numbers don't make for pretty reading. Bray Wanderers have now lost four of their last five league fixtures but most worrying of all is the one measly goal they've mustered in that same time.

There are 11 players in the First Division with more goals than the Seagulls' top scorers this season (Dylan McGlade, Dean O'Halloran and Joe Doyle all have two each).

Cabinteely have never occupied pole position in the league before in their history. It is perhaps no coincidence that that stat changed on Friday evening as the division's top scorer, Rob Manley, landed his ninth goals of the season. It shows the importance of an attacker in form.

McGlade hasn't netted since opening day when he bagged a brace against Cabo.

O'Halloran also netted that day, as well as bagging the winner against Galway, whilst Doyle notched against Limerick and Cobh but sat out the trip to Longford with a hamstring problem.

At the start of the season, amidst all the exciting signings that Cronin landed, the one red flag was the lack of depth and nowhere more so than in the striking department.

Apart from Doyle, the only other recognized striker in the squad is Jake Ellis who has just turned 18.

No matter who plays up front against Drogheda, it is crucial that Wanderers get back to winning ways.

They have the perfect opportunity to punch their way out of this slump with the visit of Drogheda, followed by Cabo's trip the following week. With the season still in its infancy, two victories there would immediately banish any negativity surrounding recent performances.

Cronin has won this league before as both a player and a coach and he knows how hit-and-miss it can be. Losing games is inevitable but it is how you recover from those blips that truly show your credentials.

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