Cronin laments not hav­ing Dean ear­lier in sea­son

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

GARY CRONIN broke one of the 10 com­mand­ments on Fri­day as he cov­eted his neigh­bour’s wife - or, more pre­cisely - Sham­rock Rovers’ Dean Williams.

The on-loan Sham­rock Rovers man opened his Bray Wan­der­ers ac­count with a hat-trick and Cronin has been mas­sively impressed thus far and can’t help but pon­der how Bray would have fared with Williams in his ranks since the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.

‘Dean’s over­all play has been ex­cel­lent and he’s a re­ally good player.

‘He was very good for Athlone and ob­vi­ously scored eight goals for them and he’s come in here and you can see him against big cen­tre halves; for such a small lad (he does very well).

‘He uses his body very well and you can link off him and he runs in be­hind.

‘He is a very, very good player but bet­ter than that; he has a very good at­ti­tude and he’s very grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.

‘He’s a re­ally good kid and I can’t speak highly enough of him and I’ve only had him for three weeks.

‘Bot­tom line is that he’s there to put the ball in the back of the net and that’s an area where we have been in­con­sis­tent. We do it some games but then there’s eight or nine games where we haven’t scored.

Con­sis­tently putting the ball in the back of the net has been one of our is­sues but all we can do is to take each game as it comes be­tween now and the end of the sea­son and you never know.

‘Un­for­tu­nately we didn’t (have him since the start of the sea­son) but if we had him as an op­tion; of course we’d do bet­ter.

‘Ev­ery team needs that; ev­ery team needs a goalscorer. If he’s in that form from the start of the sea­son then yeah, we’d be much bet­ter off (than we cur­rently are) be­cause it’s ev­i­dent to see that we cre­ate the chances but we haven’t been con­vert­ing them. There was plenty of times dur­ing the sea­son where we didn’t take our chances and it keeps the op­po­si­tion in the game but I’m de­lighted that we got three goals tonight.’

With the play-offs still a rather dis­tant dream at the minute, Cronin de­nies that it will be all doom and gloom should they prove to be be­yond their reach.

‘You’ve got to take pos­i­tives from it. We will be dis­ap­pointed if we don’t make the play-offs but it’s out of our con­trol.

‘What is in our con­trol is the games that re­main and we will be dis­ap­pointed to fin­ish out­side the play-offs but the league ta­ble doesn’t lie.

‘There are loads of pos­i­tives this sea­son though but there’s def­i­nitely at­tributes that need to be added to our team. We’ve a re­ally young squad.’

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