Saturday 17 August 2019

Reynolds happy with point from drab encounter

Sligo Rovers 0 Waterford 0

Waterford manager Alan Reynolds. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Waterford manager Alan Reynolds. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Waterford boss Alan Reynolds says he will take the point, if not the performance, from Saturday's dull draw with Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.

The Blues ended a run of three defeats with the scoreless draw against a team that had scored five in their last home match.

The only real moment of excitement came midway through the opening half, when Waterford keeper Matthew Connor saved a Romeo Parkes penalty before brilliantly denying Ronan Murray from the rebound.

Reynolds said: "I'm happy with the result, but the performance was only so-so. We tried to push on in the last 20 minutes, but really I thought it was just a poor affair from the two teams.

"We are scrapping, we are fighting for our lives, so sometimes you are going to have to sacrifice being pretty to get a result, and that is what we have done."

The visitors finished with a numerical advantage, after Sligo centre-back Dante Leverock was shown a second yellow card in the 86th minute following a rash challenge on Corey Galvin.

Rovers boss Liam Buckley felt his side under-performed. He said: "A draw was a fair result. I know we missed a penalty, but really we didn't play well enough.

"We need to keep better possession of the ball. If we can do that we can control the tempo of the game, but we were unable to do that.

"We didn't create enough, especially in the second half. Had we scored the penalty, we would have won the game, but it was always going to be tight given where both teams are in the table."

SLIGO - McGinty, Dunleavy, Callan-McFadden, Leverock, Kane, Cawley, Fordyce (Russell 68), Murray (Mahon 86), Twardek, Coughlan (Warde 61), Parkes.

WATERFORD - Connor, Feely, Kouogun, Lynch (Poynton 56), Browne, Lunney, O'Connor, Duggan, Holland, Galvin, O'Halloran (Fitzgerald 76),

REF - R Harvey.

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