Keane: "Come out and get behind us."
Alan Keane was the guest on this week’s Rovers Review to look back on Friday’s game in Dundalk and look ahead to the game with Bray Wanderers on Good Friday.
He said he has been unhappy with the results gained so far and with the way the team have defended but believes Friday is a great opportunity to kick-start the season.
“Obviously there was a lot of expectations at the start of the season, I suppose from the pre-season games for us to be doing well. But unfortunately it hasn’t gone to plan and it’s very disappointing. Obviously it’s really disappointing for the fans and if it’s disappointing for them you can imagine how disappointing it is for the players collectively. Week in, week out we have been making silly little mistakes which have been costing us games. There’s no point dwelling on it, we are back in training tomorrow morning and we’ll knuckle down and try to beat Bray on Friday. We have put a lot of pressure on ourselves to beat Bray but it’s going to be difficult.
“There is frustration and disappointment. I see day in and day out at training there is some quality players but it just hasn’t clicked with us. You look back to the Cork game, if we go and win that first game of the season and you are on a roll. But you concede a 97th minute and in the dressing room after we were so disappointed, it was like a defeat. Then up in Drogheda they have three shots on target and score three goals.”
Keane pointed to the defence as the main area where the team have let themselves down: “The defence, and I’m part of the defence, we hold are hands up that we have been leaking goals too easy. We’ve been known over the years to be good in defence but this year silly little mistakes has cost us across the back four has been costing us. We’ll be working hard during the week, as we have been the last couple of weeks, but unfortunately there still has been little mistakes. We just need to get back at it and what better way than doing that against Bray on Good Friday at home. Everyone expects us to beat them but it’s a massive game for us players, it’s a must-win game for us.”
Against Dundalk he felt the team made a good start but again giving away a poor goal made life difficult: “I thought we started the game well. The first goal is just a ball over the top, you go to the league champions and you’re giving them a leg up straight away. It was like a sucker punch and them we conceded the second goal, nobody has scored against Dundalk this season so you leave yourself an uphill task. If we can keep a clean sheet at the back for as long as possible you always have a chance. If we go there and score the first goal it’s a different scenario. The manner of the goals were poor to give away, as most of the goals we have given away so we will be working hard on it during the week. Hopefully we can get a clean sheet and a win and get that little hoodoo off our back.
“We put pressure on ourselves because you train hard every week and it’s not nice to go out and lose. I do be in really bad form when we do and so do the lads. You feel like you’ve let loads of people down but you have to go back in on Monday and get back at it and look to the following game. The last couple of weeks have been hard but Friday is a massive game for us and we are all putting pressure on ourselves to go and win Friday and hopefully do well. Bray aren’t going to be easy, they had Bray last night and held them to 0-0 until the 80th minute. They’ll probably come and look for a draw. The game can’t come quick enough.”
Keane has urged the fans to come out in numbers and show support to help the team get that first win of the league season: “We need everyone behind us on Friday night. I know it’s frustrating for the people that come to the game because nobody wants to be losing, the players don’t go out on the pitch to lose and fans don’t want to be coming to games and seeing us lose. It’s disappointing for us because we know fans are hurt. And that’s why I would like to say to people to just come out and get behind us and get that confidence back in and hopefully go on a roll for the next couple of weeks that we need. It’s important because if we can get a win on Friday it could kick start our season.”