Wednesday 26 June 2019

Heary left 'fuming'

Unacceptable team performance

Own Heary was not impressed with Rovers' performance.
Own Heary was not impressed with Rovers' performance.

Sligo Rovers boss Owen Heary is still without a win as his side slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Bray Wanderers in The Showgrounds on Friday.

The manager said after the game that the performance was unacceptable.

He added: " I'm disgusted with the performance. Again we concede a goal within six minutes of the start of the game. We get back into it and then give away another silly penalty.

"We had plenty of chances then to get back into the game again, and we give away another goal on a counter-attack - it is just not acceptable," he added.

A David Cassidy hat-trick secured a first win of the season for the Seagulls, and condemned the Bit O'Red to their third straight loss.

Heary said that the team need to work harder and that he was extremely disappointed with the performance.

After the game he slammed the manner in which Rovers conceded an early penalty with one six minutes on the clock.

He said that after getting back into the game through Beattie's equaliser, another 'stupid' penalty was given away.

He added: "Get back into the game, as we do, and then, again give away another stupid penalty. They are easily defended, one was a throw-in and the other was a cross. Set pieces have to be defended a lot better.

"Even at 2-1, we go out, second half, we have a game plan. It's working well, we're getting balls into the box, we're getting bodies into the box and then Keith Ward goes and does an absolutely ridiculous thing of heading the ball out of the keeper's hands when he has one hand on the ball. It's mindless. You can't accept that. We as a club can't accept it."

He was critical of the defence to allow Bray score three goals on the night.

He said: "Defensively as a team and as defenders because we've conceded three goals tonight, we conceded three goals last week, we conceded two goals during the week. We haven't kept a clean sheet. Defensively, we're not working as a unit, and we're not working as a back five."

He said that more hard work is required for things to improve.

"We need to work harder, we need to work harder defensively. We need to make sure our defenders defend.

"That's their job week in, week out to be keeping clean sheets and putting your life on the line, that hasn't happened. We have young players chomping at the bit and maybe it's time for them to come in because it will mean something to them to defend.

"The only ones that can get us out of this mess is us, we have put ourselves in this situation. The only ones that can get us out of this situation is the squad we have as a whole. That means looking down and seeing who wants to stand up and be counted."

He continued: "I'm disappointed for the fans, I'm really gutted for them because they have paid in to watch us play and doing well and we haven't lived up to those expectations. But it's important that the fans stay behind the players, especially the younger players."

The attendance on Friday night was just over 1,700.

As Derry City travelled to The Showgrounds for the EA Cup on Monday, Richard Brush returned from injury.

The goalkeeper was substituted in the first game of the season against Cork City at home after suffering a heavy knock on his shoulder.

Heary told ahead of the match that a win would bring much-needed confidence back to his side.

He added: "Every game that we play we will be giving priority to and looking to win. If we can get the win in this game it will help get confidence in the team. Not that we are lacking confidence going forward, we have been doing well and been positive going forward, but defensively we have been making mistakes and getting punished for them each time.

"We saw it again on Friday we gave away two penalties and had a red card and were punished for it. Besides that we were well on top and had started brightly but we gave away the penalty in the first 10 minutes which made it difficult. We have a decent squad of players here and we will look to use that squad. If we put other players in and give them a chance we will see how they fare. But the team that take to the field we will be looking to get a result."

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