Thursday 18 October 2018

McGuirk laments 'schoolboy' errors in Bray defence

'I haven't seen anything like that in a long, long time in football.'

The words of Tony McGuirk, whose first game officially in charge of Bray with live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons.

Their season-long sorry tale of poor defending was again the main script as their Dalymount Park nightmare continued.

'It's so basic. You tell ten-year-olds at any schoolboy club to put the ball out if you're in any doubt,' he said of the Dubliners second goal. 'I couldn't believe the lack of communication. And then the execution of the back pass, I couldn't believe that either.'

'It's the story of the games we should, and could, have won. But we have nothing to show for that.

'We can't buy a goal and we're making silly mistakes. It's the same story every week. I could have the same interview every week so far this season.'

There was one change to the line-up beaten 3-0 by Derry at the Brandywell.

Eamon Zayed was restored to the first 11 with Wesley Charles dropping to the bench. That meant Wanderers started with a more conventional 4-4-2 formation.

But Robbie Doyle reverted to the right wing with Stephen Fox partnering Zayed in attack.

Stephen Gifford returned after a four game absence to take his place amongst the substitutes. That saw William Tyrrell drop out of the squad of 16.

Bohs were hit by injuries to marksmen Stephen Ward and Tony Grant. They lined out in a 4-5-1 formation with veteran Vinny Arkins the lone front man.

Defender Jason McGuinness missing through suspension. Ex-Seagull Matt Gregg sat on their bench.

'I thought we owned the ball for the first 25 minutes of the second half. We probably needed to equalise in that period. We had them on the rack,' McGuirk pointed out.

'It's a pity because we did well and the players did play.

'We haven't equalised this year any time we've gone behind and we looked like we were going to. The second goal just killed us.'