Wednesday 21 March 2018

Cousins in no mood to give up

Longford Town 0 Bohemians 1

Bohs star Kurtis Byrne
Bohs star Kurtis Byrne Sportsdesk

Tony Cousins insists his Longford Town players still believe in him even though they remain without a win since the opening night of the season.

An early Kurtis Byrne goal gave Bohs victory at City Calling Stadium, where Longford finished with 10 men.

Allied to Bray Wanderers' defeat of Wexford Youths, this defeat means that Longford are now four points adrift at the foot of the Premier Division table.

Town defender Rhys Gorman failed to cut out a pass which played Byrne in on goal for the striker to shoot past Paul Skinner after just 90 seconds.

Longford dominated the second half, but their hopes of saving a point received a setback when they were reduced to 10 men on 73 minutes when substitute Don Cowan saw a straight red card following a dreadful challenge on Bohs' skipper Derek Pender.

After the goal, a lone banner of 'Cousins Out' was unfurled briefly behind a goal.

However, the 46-year-old manager was adament his players' display told him that they've not given up on him yet.

"I said to the players afterwards, sometimes the players tell you when it's time to go," said Cousins. "The players didn't tell me that on Saturday night.

"They were magnificent. We didn't deserve what we got. We deserved a result. I thought we were slightly the better side, definitely in the second half.

"I thought we played some really good stuff and the players gave absolutely everything they had. We're just not getting the breaks at the moment.

"When teams are gone - and you know they are gone, when they concede after two minutes they can get beaten four or five.

"We didn't. We stayed in the game. So there is good spirit there.

"They just have to keep believing that the breaks will come for us. We're four points adrift with 48 to play for.

"If we keep playing like we did on Saturday night we have to get breaks eventually."

It gets no easier, though, as next up is a visit to face leaders Dundalk at Oriel Park tomorrow night.

"We just have to deal with that. We knew we'd have to move the game. It is what it is," said Cousins.

"All you'll ask for is for us to put in a performance like we did here."

Longford Town -  Skinner; Haverty, Gorman, O'Reilly (C Mulhall, 75); Dillon, Gannon (McGlynn, 85), O'Connor, Hughes, Powell; Simon, O'Sullivan (Cowan, h-t).

Bohemians - Delany; Hayes, Prendergast, D Byrne, Pender; P Kavanagh (Wearen, 89), Fitzgerald (Ben Mohamed, 65), Lopes, K Byrne (Quigley 85); Buckley; Akinade.

Ref: Jim McKell (Tipperary).



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