League of Ireland Reaction – Waterford FC’s Zack Elbouzedi
His first appearance in a Waterford FC jersey in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division ended in a disappointing defeat, but new signing Zack Elbouzedi is confident that his side can get over the loss against Shamrock Rovers in the next couple of games.
Speaking after Friday’s game, the Blues winger said, “It’s a really tough one to take because that’s probably the worst way to lose a game. When you concede a goal with the final kick of the game it’s tough especially when it’s from a set piece in the last couple of seconds.
“I thought that the performance was decent. I thought that we stuck it up to them and we had chances in the game as well. Shamrock Rovers are a very good side and a lot of people are tipping them to do well this season, but we put it right up to them.
“To lose like that it’s gut wrenching. We did have chances to win the game, but I think that we just need to learn from our mistakes and move on from this game. We need to not allow this happen again. We have another big game against Cork City next week before the game against Derry. The games are coming at us thick and fast.
“We will need to get some points on the board from these two games. We got off to a brilliant start with the free-kick from Kevin (Lynch). It was a great free-kick and we know the quality that he has with that left-foot so whenever he gets a free-kick, you’re confident that he is going to score.”
LAPSE IN CONCENTRATION
“I thought after that we could have scored one or two more maybe. I think that if we get another goal when we were on top, I don’t think that they are coming back into the game. We started the second-half off and they got a goal early. It was a bit end to end after that, but obviously the last minute is just tough to take.
“I think that both goals were rather sloppy, but I thought for the majority of the game we were solid defensively however it’s just two lapses in concentration that have cost us in the end. We need to cut them out and if we do, I think we’ll be right up there.
“Izzy had a good chance to put us 2-1 in front with ten minutes to go. It was great play from Rory and great technique from Izzy, but the keeper makes a great save and I don’t think he knows much about it. I think if that goes in, we win the game.
“It’s just so tough to take that last-minute goal, but I think that they are positives to take from the performance. It’s going to be a tough game in Cork next week because they’ve lost tonight as well against St. Patrick’s Athletic so they’ll be looking to get points on the board. It’s a tough place to go, but I’m confident if we play well that we can win.”