Having seen Leitrim record a thoroughly deserved victory over old rivals Roscommon in their second outing in the FBD League the Leitrim fans who were present in Ballinamore on Sunday went home in an upbeat mood but joint manager Barney Breen wasn’t overly impressed with what he had witnessed.
While he believes the win will boost morale and confidence Barney was adamant nobody within the Leitrim camp will be getting carried away with the victory. Speaking on the pitch at Pairc Sean Ui Eslin shortly after Leitrim’s victory over Roscommon Barney said simply, “No more than our loss last week, we’re not going to read too much into the win today. It’s all part of our ongoing process.”
Although satisfied with the victory Barney conceded there was plenty he and George Dugdale were not pleased with. “There were lots of mistakes, I suppose in the second half our performance upped a bit but at half-time we were anything but happy with our performance. Our workrate, which we are trying to base our whole ethos on, as I said last week, we were quite disappointed with it.
“We spoke to each other just before half-time and said, ‘We’re 0-5 to 0-1 up and playing s****’. The result went our way today and it’s great to have the result but you can’t look too much into it.”
Although he was quick to point out that there is plenty of room for improvement, Barney was delighted to record a victory as it helps instill belief into the players an it can also be seen as a reward for the hard work they are putting in.
“If you were at our training last Thursday night, you wouldn’t have thought we had a match on Sunday. It paid dividends today. The win today, fellas will feel that it’s actually working. If we lost today they might have said, we’re training too hard and be feeling sorry for themselves.
“I was saying to myself without the performance, the win today would be better than the lack of win and performance last week. I’m delighted with the result, I’m delighted with the way the game went, I couldn’t have asked for any better in that sense but we’ve got to realise that we’ve a long way to go and a lot of work to do before we hit the National League but we’re going in the right direction.”
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.