Athlone Town 1 -
Waterford FC 0
Waterford FC centre-half, Patrick McClean, apologised to Blues fans after last Friday night’s loss in Athlone. Photo: Waterford FC.
SSE AIRTRICITY LEAGUE OF IRELAND FIRST DIVISION
There’s no doubting that the result at the Athlone Town Stadium on Friday night was a real shock to the system because if the truth be told defeat was out of the question. The hype from us all in the media and on social media was that this was going to be the year for Waterford FC but they failed to hit the ground running on Friday night last.
It was a performance that lacked what the squad produced during pre-season and it was a bitterly disappointed Waterford FC centre-half Patrick McClean that faced the questions after the game on Friday night where the Derry native didn’t pull any punches.
“We were awful and it’s unacceptable,” said McClean. “It was awful and I apologise to the fans that travelled for that. It wasn’t acceptable and we know that. We were lacking all over the field and that’s the disappointing thing.
“We all came up here looking for three points but performances like that aren’t going to win you any games to be honest. Our decision making was poor and needs to be a lot better. I’m disappointed for the fans because they are behind us and they deserve better.
“Maybe there was some hype on us before the game but that’s not an excuse for how we played. We never got into the game. We can use the pitch as an excuse but that shouldn’t be used. It wasn’t the ideal night for the game with the power failure and that but our decision making on the field needs to be [email protected]
“We didn’t create the type of chances that we did in pre-season. We did play well in pre-season and like I said last week, I felt that we were in a good place coming here tonight but that performance isn’t acceptable and I apologise to the fans for that.
“The disappointing thing is that we were lacking all over the pitch tonight and that’s not something that we’ve shown in pre-season. I won’t make an excuse for that tonight but we now must move on from this game and look forward to the next game.
“It’s only the first game of the season and we have to learn from this game. We need to work harder and make sure that our decision making on the field is a lot better. We have to make sure that we get it right ahead of the game against Cabinteely next Friday night.
“We need to make it up to the fans as well. We need them to get behind us at home on Friday night and we owe it to them to get this right. We know however that tonight wasn’t good enough but this is only the start of the season.”