Blues’ boss, Alan Reynolds. Photo: Inpho.
Waterford FC manager Alan Reynolds had to be happy with a share of the spoils after his side were held to a 0-0 draw against league leaders Bohemians at the RSC on Friday night last.
In a game in which there was very little between the two sides, the Blues had the best two chances in the second-half of the contest with both Kenny Browne and Rory Feely denied by two excellent saves from Bohemians keeper James Talbot as his side kept their fourth cleansheet of the season.
Speaking after the game, the Blues boss said, “I thought that we were a little bit flat in the first-half, but we worked really hard in the second-half. The lads spoke about it at half time because the tempo in the first-half was really slow.
“We just asked for more for a big 45 minutes in the second-half and I thought that we were much better. I thought that we were more like the way we should be in games. If anyone was going to win the game in the second-half, it was ourselves. I thought that the second-half was a lot better. We need more of that to be honest.
“When you look at the game, I think Scott Twine coming on at half-time made a big difference to us and Zack (Elbouzedi) is lively and is a real threat. We’re a work in progress at the minute. It’s a new squad and it’s just taking time.
“At times, you look at the group and you look at that game. You can see that it’s a new squad and they are still trying to get familiar playing with each other, but I’m hoping that we can get better as it goes. That’s for sure and I’m sure we will.
“I’m just glad to get through tonight’s game as I didn’t want to lose it. We’re working hard to improve all the time and the players care about it, which is important so there’s no excuses, we’re not going to make any. We need to be better than we were in the first-half, but if we can play like we did in the second-half, we’ll be better.”
PLAYING WITH KNOCKS
“When you look at the league at the minute, everyone is after taking points of each other so we’ll look forward to the game against Dundalk on Friday. The players need a few days off. I’m looking at JJ Lunney and Bastien Héry, they can’t train at the minute.
“Both these players are playing with knocks. Even to get them through games is a lot. We’re asking a lot from them, but they are digging in for us. They want to do it for everyone. They need a few days off so I’m sure they’ll be happy to be back to a game a week for the next couple of weeks.
“I thought Kenny Browne was really good tonight. I thought that he should have scored in the second-half with the chance that came his way. It was a game that wasn’t easy on the eye a lot of the time, but it’s one that you just have to keep a cleansheet and hope that you can nick something so I think we’re happy with that.
“We are a new team and you could see that tonight in the performance. We can’t afford to be missing anyone, we’ll get better as it goes on and I’m happy with the second-half. I felt that if anyone was going to win it, it was ourselves so look we’ll move on from this and look forward to Dundalk.”