Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett
LIMERICK FC manager Tommy Barrett insists the squad is doing better than lots of pundits predicted before the start of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season.
Eighth-placed Limerick moved out of the relegation zone in the Premier Division, nine points clear of basement side Bray Wanderers and one point ahead of ninth placed Sligo Rovers as a result of the Blues precious 1-0 win over Bray on Friday night.
The top flight games continue to come thick and fast for Blues boss Barrett as fourth-placed Derry City visit the Markets Field this Monday night, 7.45pm.
Limerick will be looking to avenge their 5-0 defeat away to the Candystripes earlier in the season when the sides meet in Garryowen.
Tommy Barrett said: "It's nice to get back to winning ways. Obviously we need to win more games, but going back to it again, people were writing us off completely at the start of the year saying we were going to get relegated, that we were relegation fodder, were we going to win a game?
"I believe the lads are working hard and they have worked hard all along. With the amount of injuries we have had and the players we have had out , we are doing reasonably well.
"We have a lot of positives to take out of this big, heavy schedule, I keep saying it.
Among the positives for us is that we finished the game at Bray with two U-19s on the pitch, Will Fitzgerald, who I thought was our best player, Colm Walsh-O'Loghlen who was really good when he came on, held on to the ball and Killian Brouder, who is just out of U-19s. He is still only 19, not 20 until August, so he is a really good prospect for us as well.
"Tony Whitehead and Killian Cantwell are only 22 or 23, Danny Morrissey is 23, so I think we have one of the younger teams in the league.
"We are producing lads as well, there are three lads last week who played in the English Championship (Paudie O'Connor, Barry Cotter and Chiedozie Ogbene), so we have to be realistic in seeing where we are at.
"We have lost those three lads, we've lost Bastien Hery, who is one of the best players in the league. We lost Rodrigo Tosi and we are after building with the other lads we are after bringing in.
"I personally believe that the lads that we are doing really well, we can do better, but we are doing better than a lot of people expected. I think we need to push on now.”