Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett
TOMMY BARRETT HAS called for a dose of reality from people as Limerick dropped points against then-basement side Wexford FC at the Markets Field on Friday night.
Limerick were on a four-game run coming into this clash, and despite expectations of a win being commonplace, they couldn’t find their way to three points.
“We have to be realistic to where we are at. If we can keep it tight and pick up points, you don’t know what can happen. It’s a long way to go,” he began.
“It’s a very close league. Wexford have beaten Bray and took points off us. They were unlucky against Longford and Drogheda.”
Barrett understands the inconsistencies that come with part-time football but wants his squad to keep calm and not to react to individual results.
“The lads have done really well. You get days like that as well. We weren’t getting too carried away when we were winning and we’re certainly not going to get too carried away when we are drawing or dropping points. It’s very early in the year.”
On the night, the Blues boss said he was content overall with how things went, even though they couldn’t land the killer blow.
“It was difficult to break them down. We knew they were going to put 10 men behind the ball. They have done it against Drogheda and Longford in the last few weeks and both those teams scored late on.
“We didn’t move the ball quick enough, but it is difficult to play against. We still had a couple of chances where we should have won the game.”
“Half-time for me was about keeping the concentration levels. We knew it was about stopping the set pieces and counter-attack but we got caught.
“I was happy with the response. We went up the pitch and scored straight away. We created a few chances after that but couldn’t get the winner,” he finished.