‘We’ve just got to keep go­ing’

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - DAVE DEVEREUX

A good start is half the bat­tle and Bray Wan­der­ers cer­tainly built on their bright open­ing as they put bot­tom side Wex­ford FC to the sword in Fer­rycar­rig Park, run­ning out 5-1 win­ners in their SSE Air­tric­ity League First Divi­sion clash.

The Seag­ulls have strug­gled to put the ball in the back of the net at times this term, but they have re­cently found their stride in front of goal, al­beit against sides in the lower half of the divi­sion, and man­ager Gary Cronin says they’ll keep on fight­ing un­til the fi­nal whis­tle on the last day of the sea­son.

‘It’s key to get a good start in games. It might be stat­ing the ob­vi­ous, but if you can go ahead you’ve a great chance of win­ning the game. We’ve been a vic­tim of not tak­ing our chances and over the last few games we’ve kind of turned that around. It may be too late for us but we’ll just keep on go­ing. The other teams around us won again tonight so un­for­tu­nately we haven’t gained any ground this week but we’ve just got to keep go­ing and keep believ­ing that some­thing may turn for us,’ he said.

The Bray boss was pleased with how his charges bossed the game from the off on Fri­day, and de­spite one blip when Danny Fur­long took ad­van­tage of a de­fen­sive mix-up to score for the hosts, they were in com­plete con­trol.

‘Tonight we played re­ally well at the start and it gave us a grip on the game. The game was prob­a­bly over as a contest af­ter half an hour to be fair. We gave a silly goal away, but from our point of view it was good to re­store the three-goal cush­ion just be­fore half-time. The sec­ond-half was al­ways go­ing to be the way it was,’ he said.

The high­light of their dom­i­nant first-half dis­play, which saw them

lead­ing 4-1 at the interval, was a crack­ing John Martin strike from just in­side the Wex­ford half and Cronin agreed it was a lit­tle bit spe­cial.

‘As soon as it left his foot I thought he was af­ter catch­ing the ‘keeper. It was a great strike, he hit it so cleanly. It’s play­ers like John that have the vision to see that. He’s not the com­plete player yet and he has plenty of parts of his game to work on but it’s good to see a player try­ing that and it com­ing off. The tech­nique was bril­liant. It was a great goal,’ he said.

The last time Wan­der­ers vis­ited Fer­rycar­rig Park they suf­fered a 2-0 de­feat and Cronin be­lieves that’s the kind of slip-up that could ul­ti­mately cost them a play­off place as they lie five points be­hind Cabin­teely with just four games re­main­ing.

‘No dis­re­spect to Wex­ford but I think they’ve only won two games all sea­son and that was one of them. They fought hard that night but we missed a lot of chances in that game and they scored a won­der goal and then fin­ished us off. It’s prob­a­bly cost us now. When you look at games like that, they’re the ones where we needed to pick up re­sults. Un­for­tu­nately on the road we haven’t picked up enough points. It was good to get the win tonight, but when we look back it’s other re­sults that has us chas­ing,’ he said.

Bray Wan­der­ers now have the wel­come dis­trac­tion of an FAI Cup tie against St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic to look for­ward to and Cronin says it an op­por­tu­nity they’re rel­ish­ing.

‘It’s a free bite for us. Each week we feel the pres­sure is on us to go and win games but it will be the re­verse next week. The pres­sure will be on Pat’s in Inchicore to try and beat us. We have some good play­ers that can give them a re­ally hard-fought game. We’re look­ing for­ward to it, we’ll have a free crack at them,’ he said.

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