Bray boss left with the bare bones


AS A banker, Alan Mathews is no stranger to the odd cri­sis. But the Bray Wan­der­ers treat­ment room has been inun­dated with Seag­ulls stars in re­cent weeks, leav­ing the Bray boss down to the bare bones.

In­juries and re­sults have picked up over the past cou­ple of weeks though, and Mathews has chal­lenged the play­ers cur­rently deputis­ing for their wounded club-mates to make them­selves un­drop­pable.

The long weekend pro­vided a point for the man­ager’s thoughts. Al­though he would never ex­pect to win ev­ery game, that doesn’t mean that it’s not his burn­ing am­bi­tion ev­ery time the Seag­ulls take to the field.

“You’re not go­ing to get to a sit­u­a­tion where you’re go­ing to win ev­ery game but what you will do is you’ll make sure that you pick up points. Our per­for­mance mer­ited three points to­day def­i­nitely, we were ex­cel­lent from start to fin­ish”, com­mented Mathews af­ter the stale­mate with Derry City.

“Un­for­tu­nately we missed a penalty but it didn’t stop us, we kept plug­ging away and had Derry on the back foot for most of the game. We weren’t able to fin­ish them off but it’s a sign of where we’re at now and a sign of how we’re try­ing to grow this team and de­velop it and the play­ers’ at­ti­tudes as well as their will­ing­ness to go and push for the re­sult. We got a good three points last week in Drogheda, we didn’t fol­low it up with an­other three points to­day but we did fol­low it up with an­other ex­cel­lent per­for­mance. If they keep play­ing well and keep mak­ing the chances, the re­sults will ul­ti­mately start look­ing af­ter them­selves.

“If you don’t play and don’t play on the front foot with an at­ti­tude of try­ing to get three points, you’ll get turned over. The play­ers have been ex­cel­lent since we’ve come in. Their at­ti­tude has been spot on and I thought we played some good foot­ball to­day.”

Goal­keep­ers played a ma­jor part in Fri­day’s re­sult. Derry’s Ger Do­herty pulled off a string of su­perb saves, while Stephen McGuinness re­tained his place de­spite the re­turn to the squad of Shane Red­mond.

“He pulled off a cou­ple of re­ally good saves (Do­herty). You ex­pect your goal­keeper to do that, Stephen stepped up to the plate for us in in­jury time and he was very, very good. The con­fi­dence in the play­ers is there. They’re very dis­ap­pointed in there not to get three points and that’s a sign of progress.

“It’s a mea­sure of where we’re try­ing to go to that week in, week out, we want to be pick­ing up wins and if we don’t pick up wins, we pick up a draw.

“He’s (McGuinness) come in, he’s done well and he’s done noth­ing to war­rant be­ing left out of the side. Any player that’s in the team that’s do­ing their stuff, we’ll try and en­cour­age them to keep do­ing their stuff by leav­ing them in the side. We need com­pe­ti­tion for places in all as­pects of the team and if play­ers come in and take their op­por­tu­nity, they de­serve to be kept in and they will.”

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