Heary frustrated by defensive mistakes
Owen Heary was frustrated with how his side defended in the 2-1 loss to Shamrock Rovers last night.
The hoops went ahead to an early goal from Sean O’Connor. Despite Danny Ledwith bringing Rovers level early in the second half the away side scored again with Michael Drennan getting what proved to be the match-winning goal.
The main reason for the loss singled out by Heary was the defensive errors: “It’s very frustrating because we played well but we’re not keeping clean sheets. That’s the most frustrating the about it. No team has cut us open but we are giving away sloppy goals. Tonight the first one is a bad back-pass that they score off. The second is our throw-in where we are in possession of the ball but give it back, then they get a throw-in and score of it. It’s more annoying that the simple thing in the game is to keep a clean sheet and we can’t do it.
“The main thing that we have worked on the last couple of weeks has been defensively. But the lads are making the same errors and that’s annoying. The hardest thing in football to do is score goals and we are doing that but we aren’t giving ourselves much of a chance if we keep conceding the goals that we do.”
Danny Ledwith did score a fine free-kick and the game was very much in the balance at the break: “I was pleased with how we came back from conceding an early goal. It was the same against Derry. If you keep giving away stupid goals you are giving yourself a mountain every time. We want to go in front 1-0, 2-0 and see the game out but at the moment it doesn’t look like that and that’s more annoying than anything else because it should be easy to keep clean sheets.
“We want to be up there challenging with Shamrock Rovers and teams like Dundalk and Pat’s. But in order to do that you need to keep clean sheets, simple as that. If you don’t concede you have no chance of losing games. That’s the frustrating thing, we need to keep clean sheets first and foremost and that’s something we will have to work on in the next couple of weeks.”
There’s another tough game for Rovers next as in just three days the Bit o’Red will travel to champions and league leader Dundalk: “It’s another big game, Dundalk haven’t conceded goals and that’s why they are top of the table. They’ve won their first couple of games 1-0 and then they’ve won 3-0 against Pat’s and again tonight. So it will be a tough ask. We have to get the lads back at it in the morning in training and make sure we pick the right team to go and win the game.”
Listen to Heary after the game below: