Thoughts of Mac (Queens Univ)
A disappointing end to the year resulted in a second successive league defeat. The Whites dominated the first-half in terms of possession but created little, whilst Queen’s tested Jonah Nicholl on several occasions. Whilst never out of it, in the second-half Queen’s always looked the more likely side to score and when they did it was game up for the visitors.
As we sheltered from the cold wind Mac summarised the game when he said; “I think if you were to round the game up in a nutshell, in the second-half we probably weren’t good enough and that is the worrying thing for me because we probably edged the first half. For anybody watching the game I don’t think it was a good game; both teams battled and probably cancelled each other out.
There was a lot of hard work that went into the game and one thing I can’t blame the boys for is lack of effort – there is always plenty of effort and they wanted to win it but we lacked creativity.
As the game went on they made two or three changes and we backed off a bit. They created two or three chances, then we had the chance to put the ball into their box, but two passes later it is in the back of our net and that’s not good from our perspective.
Losing games is not what it is about; George and I are here to win games and we both agree that our second-half performance wasn’t good enough. Now we have to bounce back going into the new year. I am disappointed we have lost the last two league games, we have Coleraine coming up (Tennent’s Irish Cup Fifth Round) and we will use that game to get the boys rallied again. But I can guarantee the supporters that we will be raring to go against Tobermore and keep ourselves in touch.”
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