Sunday 17 December 2017

Ryan defends Wexford's hand-passing

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Despite possessing some of the province's most exciting forwards, Wexford manager Jason Ryan defended his team's regular use of the handpass and preference for retaining possession, insisting it is the best way to combat Longford's packed defence.

"If a player looks up and has nothing to hit, you have to recycle it," he said.

"That means handpassing the ball. When we played them in the league final, I think we gave it away 24 times in the first half."

Ryan insisted his charges were content to avoid a third loss in succession to Longford.

"We are happy not to lose," he said. "We had lost two games in-a-row and it is good to get out of that sequence. We couldn't buy a win in 2009. Then we got a draw against Monaghan in our last National League game and it just raised everybody's confidence.

"However, we definitely have room for improvement. We looked nervous in the first half. I felt that we didn't get to grips at midfield.

"In the second half Longford won something like eight kick-outs compared to our two, and that's not good considering midfield is meant to be one of the areas where people felt they weren't up to scratch."

Irish Independent

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