Devlin de­lighted to pick up a point

Bray People - - GENERAL SPORT -

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.

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