Wanderers still short of the safety mark
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.