LIMERICK FC manager Tommy Barrett believed his side benefitted from the improved playing surface at the Markets Field on Friday night.
However, despite producing one of their best performances of the season to date, ninth-placed Limerick suffered a frustrating 1-0 defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic.
Second-from-bottom Limerick enjoy a six-point lead over basement side Bray Wanderers, who do have a game in hand on the Blues.
Limerick trail eighth-placed Sligo Rovers by just two points.
Limerick manager Barrett said: “Look, I am very proud of the lads. They played very well. You see the pitch is a bit better tonight. Kieran has put a lot of work into it all week along with Mick.
“We can play, you could see that. That is why our away form has been a bit better.
”Obviously, it’s extremely disappointing losing the game, but there were some very good performances. We didn’t get the rub of the green. I thought we should have gotten a penalty. You got a lot less contact in the box and we are getting penalties given against us. I don’t understand it.
”The ref gives six or seven yellow cards out, a couple to them, four or five to us, I don’t think there was a tackle in the game.
”It was a really good, open game of football. Pat’s are a good team. We played good football. It was end to end. The only thing I will say about it is that it felt like a training game, it was so end-to-end.
”It could have been three, four or five all. It was good entertainment anyway.”