Baraclough: We can't shy away
Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough rued his side’s misfortune after a number of missed opportunities led to a 1-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium on Friday night.
The Bit o’ Red squandered openings to level after Ryan Brennan gave the Hoops the lead and when Baraclough’s side threatened Barry Murphy’s goal, the ball somehow stayed out following a string of extraordinary near-misses.
Baraclough said: “The lads are in there disappointed because they feel they should have come out with three points not only one point and we've come away from here empty-handed. I think our play deserved at least a goal, if not two or three, the only chances they had was when they were on the break when we were pushing forward. It's frustrating for sure.
“We can't get down about it. We've got to keep working hard, practising, believing that we will get that rub of green and it will turn.
“You're half turning away thinking there is the goal and somehow it gets blocked and cleared away. It's just that it isn't going for us at the moment. Again we can't get too down about it. You're getting into the positions, we are creating and making the openings. I think our play is more incisive than this time last year but this time last year we were on 12 points.
“There is something we can point to and look at but I believe you make your own luck as well and when things aren't going for you, you don't concede at the other end. The disappointing was that from perhaps where we should have had a penalty, they went up the other end and and score. we switched off, we didn't deal with the disappointment well enough.
“That is something that is a key phrase of mine - 'deal with disappointment' so if a referee makes an unjust decision or we lose possession, we have to deal with it. We react to it and we didnt in that situation. It was too easy for them.
“I've not seen the goal back yet but from what I remember, for a ball to be rolled across our six-yard box for a tap-in, something has gone wrong somewhere. It makes it all the more difficult having come back from a goal down.”
Despite the manner of the defeats, it is three defeats in four for Rovers and they already trail by seven points with just four games gone in the league.
The Rovers boss said his team will not shy away from the challenge ahead now and wants to see his players react in the a positive fashion.
“There is no getting away from that fact. Three points out of a possible 12 isn't what we expect, it's not what I expect. You have to make sure we go to Brandywell next week and get three points. I'm sure they won't make it easy for us at all but any fixture at the moment when you're not getting the rub of the green can look a little bit daunting. We go there, we'll regroup, we'll rest over the weekend and make sure we come back firing for next week. We'll try to take the game to Derry like we have done in the last games.
“It's where you learn about players. Different situations, for the last two years we have had success and been winning games and used to winning games. Perhaps I am seeing players in a different light now, not one I'd like to be looking at, but one you want to see where the leaders are now.
“You want to see who is going to drag the team by the scruff of the neck and say 'we are good enough'. It's a different scenario we now have to accept and deal with.
“Of course there is disappointment. This week we have worked very, very hard. Ten men last Saturday, should have got at least a point. Tuesday night, tough game against Pat's and got the result. We came here, third game in seven days, the lads will get the weekend off, we'll come in Monday, we'll look at the game and the key moments and learn from them and move on."