Saturday 25 November 2017

Heary fumes at 'fear factor' among players

Sligo Rovers manager Owen Heary feels his side could be 'doing a lot better'
Sligo Rovers manager Owen Heary feels his side could be 'doing a lot better'
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

It wasn't so much the defeat itself that angered Sligo Rovers' manager Owen Heary but it was the manner of his side's performance against St. Pat's last Friday.

Sligo racked up their fifth defeat of the season and the discontent amongst their supporters grows with each passing game.

Heary, who is just 10 league games into his tenure, is expecting more from his senior players who he feels could be "doing a lot better".

"Against Bohs we were very good but against Pat's, it just looked like there was a fear in them," he said.

"I can accept that from younger players. You're coming up against a good passing team, their movement is like a European team, and the younger lads aren't used to that.

"But that's not the case with the senior players, they could be doing a lot better. There has to be a lot more desire in their performances.

"Players are running off them and I don't think there was a tackle in the game. That's more frustrating.

"When I playing and someone was taking the p**s, I'd make sure they put the tackles in but we just didn't have that bit of desire," he added.

Heary expects to considerably strengthen his squad in July and will have no hesitation in shipping players out to do so.

"We'll reassess the whole squad in terms of players we need to bring in and what areas we need to strengthen in," he admitted.

"If you're not doing it you have to move on. That's life."

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