Devlin delighted to pick up a point
FOUR POINTS from three played makes Pat Devlin a very happy man.
Friday night's stalemate with Sligo Rovers at the Carlisle Grounds saw the Seagulls rise to fifth in the table and Devlin was very proud of his troops' efforts against the Bit O'Red.
'Sligo are probably one of the best teams in the country', declared Devlin. 'They're not where they are by fluke, they're not hanging in there, they're an excellent team.
'You have to respect a team like Sligo. You have to plan it out. And we spent our whole week planning for this game. It wasn't a case of just going up and kicking a ball around the back of Bray, we set our stall out and we stuck to it.
'I would be the first to say that with maybe 20 minutes to go we might've put on Conor (Murphy) and Shane O'Neill as well and went for the jugular but on top of that, I said I'd do what I thought was in the best interests of the club and held on, because I thought a point was vital against them, we haven't beaten Sligo in two years.
'If we had of gone 1-0 down, I would've thrown the lads on straight away but you try to get a balance and I would honestly say in hindsight, I'm very, very happy with a point. But quite genuinely, looking back at the end of the season that point might be very valuable so I'd be very happy with the week's work.'
Seagulls fans may have greater expectations this Friday night when Wanderers travel to Belfield to lock horns with old foes UCD. Bray recorded two victories and a draw against the Students last season and also slipped to three defeats. And while a victory over St. Patrick's Athletic and a draw with Sligo were music to Devo's ears, he is well aware that clashes against UCD et al are the bread and butter of the Seasiders' campaign.
'We've got our own league coming up shortly with the likes of UCD, Drogheda and Galway. I think you should never lose sight of where you're coming from or where you're trying to go to. UCD are a bit of a derby for us and whatever it is about us, it seems to go either they get a run of games where they beat us or we get a run of games where we beat them so there's never much between us.'
Gary Shaw and Stephen Brennan will again sit this one out for the Wicklow club, but it is hoped that duo aside Devlin and Long will have a full squad to choose from.
Wanderers will again be in action on Monday evening when they welcome Drogheda United to the Carlisle Grounds for an EA Sports Cup clash.