Heary: "We had enough chances in the game."
Owen Heary was still positive after the 1-1 draw with Derry City at the Showgrounds a game in which his side created many chances.
He feels that if the team continue to work as hard as they are the chances will soon start to fall.
“It is definitely frustrating not to get all three points. Again we played well, we created a lot of chances in the game. We were unlucky to come in at half-time at 1-1, we should have been 2-1 or 3-1 up. In the second half again we had chances. Speaking to Kevin (Deaney) he said the fella took him down and it was a penalty and Kevin is on honest lad, he doesn’t dive. But that’s only nit-picking, we had enough chances in the game and we need to take our chances when they come along.”
Heary was pleased how his team recovered from conceded early by getting an equaliser in just a few minutes: “They didn’t drop their heads and they came back into the game. I thought defensively we were very good tonight compared to last week. I thought we held a higher line which allowed our mid-fielders to push higher up and create chances from it, Eoin Wearen was able to get up the pitch and make tackles. Overall I was pleased with it but unfortunately we didn’t get the three points. But I have no doubt that if they keep playing the way they are playing we will turn the corner.
“We are getting chances, we don’t like harping on about it but there are a lot of new players coming in and it might take a little bit of time to gel and to get everything right and get the team right but we will get that. We will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season around the European spots, it might just take a little bit of time but once we get that first win under our belts we can go on a run then.”
Two changes were made from the team that played Drogheda as Eoin Wearen and Keith Ward came into mid-field to make their first starts: “I thought they did very well, it was their first starts, they got a bit tired towards the end but we expected that with the fact that it was their first game and the intensity and so on. But it’s important now that we good a good recovery and be ready for Tuesday’s game.”
He is confident that if his team can continue to play as they are the wins will come starting with Tuesday against Shamrock Rovers: “We need to go out with the same attitude and the same work rate and if we can do that and keep creating chances it’ll hopefully turn for us sooner rather than later.”
Listen to Heary's post-match interview here: