Man­ager heaps praise on play­ers and fans

Bray People - - SPORT -

ALAN MATHEWS heaped praise on the play­ers and fans of Bray Wan­der­ers af­ter yet an­other im­pres­sive scalp for the Seag­ulls.

Sev­enth place is the Seag­ulls’ lat­est home fol­low­ing their 1-0 win over the Li­ly­whites on Fri­day, where Dave Scully’s sec­ond half header se­cured all three points for the Co. Wick­low club.

And just like the Wan­der­ers fans, the Bray man­ager was singing the praises of his stars af­ter the vic­tory.

“We played very well from start to fin­ish. They’re top of the ta­ble, it was al­ways go­ing to be tough for us. We cre­ated a cou­ple of good chances in the first, didn’t take them. We got one and it was enough in the end but we did play well and I’m de­lighted with it be­cause it’s a good re­ward for the way we’ve been play­ing the last cou­ple of games.

“We maybe left a cou­ple of points be­hind us last Fri­day here against Derry – should’ve beat them, didn’t. Rovers, re­ally, we only got go­ing the last 20 min­utes or so, per­haps could’ve got some­thing, pos­si­bly didn’t de­serve it. But cer­tainly tonight, to get three points is very sat­is­fy­ing.”

With Jake Kelly fac­ing sev­eral months out, the at­tack has been left with­out its star. But Mathews is con­fi­dent that his team­mates can fill the void.

“Dave Scully’s scored a few goals for us, we’ve got a bit of pace in at­tack and if we’re scor­ing from set pieces, that’ll do for me. We were a threat tonight. I thought their ‘keeper made a cou­ple of good saves early on, Shane O’Neill had a cou­ple of shots. Izzy, maybe needs a goal but he had a cou­ple of shots on tar­get. If people are con­tribut­ing who are from dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the pitch, it’s grand. We’ve lost Jake who gave us that bit of qual­ity up top but other people have come in and done quite well.”

But even if the at­tack­ing op­tions are short, Mathews feels that with things tight at the back, his team will be okay.

“We set about keep­ing the re­sult right, set about keep­ing the clean sheet de­spite all the changes and the change in for­ma­tion they made, I don’t think Stephen (McGuinness) was called upon to make any stops in the game and again, it’s an­other clean sheet. If we keep keep­ing clean sheets, we’ll get goals in the end be­cause we have fel­las with pace and who are a threat so it was very sat­is­fy­ing be­cause it was an im­por­tant win for us.

“We’re just glad that we’ve won tonight and we can see progress week on week and as long as we do that, we’ll be okay.”

Mathews also had kind words for the men who cheered his side over the line in the clos­ing stages of the tie; the Bray fans.

“They’ve been very sup­port­ive here since we’ve come on board both home and away. It’s im­por­tant that when you’re play­ing at home that your crowd are with you and you give them some­thing to sup­port. We’ve been try­ing to play in the right ar­eas and we’ve been look­ing to get the right re­sults by play­ing the right brand of foot­ball. Some­times you can’t do it but I thought tonight they were cer­tainly be­hind us as they have been and we got the re­sult as well as a good per­for­mance.”

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