Wan­der­ers still short of the safety mark

Bray People - - Sport -

AN­OTHER WEEK, an­other match, an­other penalty but still no guar­an­tee of safety.

A 4-0 drub­bing at the hands of in-form Gal­way United means Bray will have to wait un­til Fri­day week’s clash with Cobh Ram­blers to have an­other chance to en­sure that they will be stay­ing up.

In what was one of their worst per­for­mances of the sea­son, the Bray play­ers did them­selves no favours with poor per­for­mances all round and it is not some­thing Ed­die Gorm­ley let go un-no­ticed.

‘Un­for­tu­nately at this level, you need 11 play­ers that are will­ing to put them­selves on the line and it didn’t hap­pen. And I’m not say­ing any­thing out of school that I haven’t told the play­ers. They’re well aware of how I feel and things will change.’

Gorm­ley’s first team coach Paul Osam, and per­haps soon to be as­sis­tant man­ager, echoed his thoughts about the dis­ap­point­ment in the side’s per­for­mance. ‘That’s stat­ing the ob­vi­ous. ‘We con­ceded an early goal. It’s al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially with Gal­way on a good run. It’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult go­ing down there be­cause they’re fight­ing for their lives. They’ve got some very good re­sults in their last seven/eight games. Con­ced­ing the early goal re­ally knocked the stuff­ing out of us.

‘We felt we needed to change some­thing so we changed the shape a bit and we got caught. But they’re a good side. I know 4-0 is a ham­mer­ing to any­body but they beat Pat’s 1-0 there last night (Mon­day) and I think they’re un­beaten in seven or eight games. There’s no ex­cuse, we were well and truly beaten but I think the early goal was a key mo­ment.’

The early goal Osam spoke of came as a re­sult of yet an­other penalty, and Osam is not happy with some of the de­ci­sions go­ing against Bray to put it mildly.

‘I don’t know. When you chal­lenge some­body in the box and don’t win the ball you’re in dan­ger of giv­ing away a penalty. I know there’s been a lot of penal­ties given against us but some of them haven’t been, and it’s some­thing that I’ve no­ticed since I’ve come to Bray with the of­fi­cials. You get ab­so­lutely noth­ing. Ed­die said it to me at the start, he said “we get noth­ing from ref­er­ees” and I thought he was be­ing a bit over the top but I’ve seen it first hand this year. For some rea­son, any half du­bi­ous de­ci­sion goes against Bray.’

An­other thing that is a worry is the side’s dis­ci­pline, or lack of it, and Bray again con­ceded more than their fair share of yel­low cards in Fri­day’s match.

‘If you got VT of all the book­ings we’ve had this sea­son, I would say prob­a­bly 50 per cent of them weren’t book­ings, and that goes back to the point I made. Any­thing that they can do, they do. I’m not go­ing to have a huge go at the ref­er­ees, that’s just the way I see it. That’s my opin­ion. And if you looked at all the book­ings we got, and penal­ties we gave away and de­ci­sions we got against us, I think an aw­ful lot of them were bla­tantly wrong,’ stated the St. Pat’s leg­end.

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