'It's a huge run-in now and it's something that we need to get our heads right for' - Longford Town boss Daire Doyle hoping for reaction after recent defeat

Mon, Sep 21 2020

Longford Town boss Daire Doyle admits that he is looking for a reaction from his side as they host UCD at Bishopsgate this evening.

Town fell to a dismal defeat on Friday night as they were outclassed by Gary Cronin’s table topping Bray Wanderers.

Sean McEvoy scored twice for the Seagulls while Gary Shaw headed home from a Dylan Barnett scored to ensure that it was a night to forget for Doyle’s charges.

While disappointed with his side’s showing, the former Longford Town assistant to Neale Fenn said that he is hopeful that his side can produce a reaction against the Students this evening.

“It’s a really competitive league and there’s teams winning and losing games at the high-end of the table,” he told extratime.com following Friday’s damaging loss.

“It’s really close and we have a couple of teams on our tails now in Cobh and Galway and we know that with another win on Mon`day that we’ll be closer.

“Us and UCD are in the same boat for Monday. We need a reaction and we need a performance, a really good one and that’s what’s going to be expected from the lads now.”

Longford now find themselves in the awkward position of being six points behind Bray with just six games to play – had they won they would have gone level on points with the Seagulls.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen with Bray, so we just need to look after ourselves. We have six huge games left and have to take each one as it comes and look to pick up as many points as we can,” he adds.

“Where that will take us who knows, but we have to win every game we play to give ourselves any chance to ensure that we’re in the positions just off top to be in the playoffs. It’s a huge run-in now and it’s something that we need to get our heads right for.”

Town will also see 100 of their season ticket holders attend Monday’s game against Andy Myler’s UCD – and Doyle concluded that he is hoping his players will show that they are better side than what they showed on Friday.

“It will be great to have a crowd back in,” he finished. “It has been strange without having a crowd at the games since we’ve come back.

“I hope that we can put on a performance and show that we’re a much better team than tonight showed because we are and that’s the most disappointing thing.”