Cronin laments not having Dean earlier in season
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.’