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Monday 22 July 2019

'We're capable of beating any team in the league'

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Gary Cronin

Gary Cronin enjoyed both the high and the low of a late winner in recent weeks but Friday's stoppage time blow hurt even more as the Bray boss was yet again scratching his head at a raft of missed chances.

But with the Seagulls unable to rattle the net, Luke McNally punished a Sava mistake and Drogheda put a slight dent in Bray's promotion hopes.

'Before the game, I was talking to their assistant manager - Kevin Doherty - and we were saying that hopefully there'd be no late goals on Friday because something similar had happened to them against Shels.

'Well, it happened to us on Friday and it happens in football.

'It was one of those goals where if our 'keeper came for it again, it wouldn't happen but he made a bad error which can happen. It's football and when 'keepers make errors, it tends to end up in the goal. He's an honest goalkeeper and he put his hands up and admitted that he made a mistake.

'We should have had a goal or two before that so that just added to the overall frustration. Drogheda had a couple of chances but I think we had the clearer chances to be ahead. It was very disappointing but we have to pick ourselves up because we've a big game on Friday.'

A big game indeed as Bray visit Cabinteely for only the second time in their history. The first meeting saw Wanderers collect a 0-3 success on then opening day of the season and Cronin is backing his players - who remain in buoyant mood - to do themselves justice and keep their hopes of promotion alive.

'It's only up the road and it was like that (a home game) on the first game of the season up there so hopefully we get that again. We had a decent following up in Drogheda and they would have been just as disappointed as we are because we were so close to getting a result.

'All in all, we wanted to be better off results-wise but we still have a full set of games to go and hopefully we can churn out a win on Friday because that'll make it very, very interesting for the remaining league games.

'We want to stay in the pack and hopefully get one of those play-off spots.

'They are optimistic because as a group, we know we should be doing better in front of goal and we should have more clean sheets but it's ifs, buts and maybes. We've been really good and created chances in all our games bar one or two.

'I've no shame in saying that in some of those defeats; we created enough chances to win two games. We can only look at ourselves for not putting the ball in the net. There's definitely optimism there. We know we're capable of beating any team in that league.'

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