Great display virtually secures Premier status for Bray
‘WE’RE NOT there yet, but we’re getting there.’ This slogan can most certainly apply to Bray Wanderers’ bid to secure their Premier Division status for a club record fifth campaign in a row.
That bid was given a huge boost thanks to four points from their last two matches but as always, Eddie Gormley refuses to count his eggs.
‘It makes it very difficult for the teams below us to catch us now. Cobh have to come here and we still have Galway to play so there’s still football to be played but if you’d asked me at the start of the season if we were to be in this position, with what four/five games to go; of course you’d take it. We’re ten points clear of the drop zone still with four games to go. It means we’ve to lose four and the three teams below us have to win four.’
Three of those four points came last Friday, when Bray put on an inspirational defensive performance to beat Derry City and it was a win Gormley felt his side deserved.
‘I’m always happy with a win. It was a great performance and a big three points with one or two of the other results tonight.
‘Without a doubt we deserved it. We had as many chances as they had. We caused them a lot of problems; gifted them a start but the lads showed plenty of character to come back. It’s not easy to come back when you give away a goal like we did after a couple of minutes.’
The scorer of the goal that proved to be the winner was Ger Rowe and after saying last week that he hadn’t been firing on all cylinders for him, Rowe came up with the goods to his manager’s delight.
‘Yeah but Ger’s a good player. He’s probably taken a little bit of stick that he deserved to take. But he’s worked hard, particularly over the last couple of weeks on his game and he came up trumps for us tonight.’
Although it was Rowe’s goal that won it, it was the men at the opposite end of the pitch who took the plaudits as the defence turned in a huge display.
‘They worked hard, stuck to their guns, rode their luck which you’re going to do against a team like Derry because they’re a quality side and they’re going to have a lot of the ball at times. But they stood up to it and we created a few chances of our own near the end and we could have nicked it by another goal.’
All their hard work was nearly for nothing though when a penalty was awarded to Derry, a decision the manager couldn’t believe.
‘Not a chance; it wasn’t a penalty. But I’m not surprised he gave it, the only thing that surprised me was that they (the FAI) brought him out here after what he did to us two weeks ago (awarded Finn Harps a controversial penalty that won them the game).
The Bray manager will be hoping there will be no controversial refereeing decisions in this Friday’s clash against Galway United and admits Bray’s results against Galway have been a mixed bag this season.
‘Of course you’d go out to win every game. We were disappointing in the two cup games against them. We played them down their in the league and in the two league games we deserved to win both of them. We lost here 1-0, when really we dominated from start to finish and on another night we could’ve win by three or four.
‘We beat them down there 3-2 where we could’ve took our foot off the gas. Obviously we drew the first game down there in the FAI Cup and possibly should’ve won that one but in the two cup games we were dreadful and you just hope that the Bray Wanderers that we seen here tonight shows up on Friday night,’ he said.