Shelbourne boss Ian Morris: 'We want to go out to entertain and win games this year'

Sun, Apr 04 2021

With reporting from Oisin Langan

Shelbourne boss Ian Morris insists that his side will be looking to entertain and win games this year.

Morris spoke to’s Oisin Langan following Friday’s thrilling 3-3 draw with title-rivals Bray Wanderers – and he admitted he was pleased with a point after falling behind.

“If you asked me at half-time it would have (felt like) two (points) lost but if you asked me now it would be a point gained,” he said after the game.

“You go 3-2 down in the second-half and get a point from it, you’re probably happy enough (with that).

“There were two good and entertaining sides that went out to win the game. There were lots of chances, lots of endeavour – (it was) a good game between two good sides.”

Shels have now played their two supposed title-rivals and are unbeaten in the process – something that Morris has taken solace from as his side are yet to find their peak.

“We’ve played the two best teams in the league and we’ve come out with two points, we’re unbeaten and we’re starting to find our rhythm as well,” he adds.

“We haven’t quite found our maximum level where we need to be and that’s encouraging. The result last week with ten men and coming from behind to get a point shows the character we have.

“We want to go out to entertain and win games this year.

“We want to keep on improving and improving and eventually we’ll start putting teams to bed early and then stop giving away goals.”

The Reds handed seven home league debuts to their revamped squad on Friday evening – with Morris pleased with how his side has gelled early on in their development.

“I’d say that was the first-time half of that squad has been in Tolka Park as a Shels player,” he said.

“We haven’t been allowed on the pitch before today as well and it’s the first time they’ve been in these surroundings.

“We looked fit tonight and at times we moved it well. It was probably the half a yard in key positions that let us down. That will come and once that happens, we’ll carve teams open.”

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