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Manager’s Thoughts After Last Night’s Loss

Condolences Paul, what do you think went wrong for your side today?

“Obviously the penalty didn’t help us, from where I was standing it didn’t look like a penalty, and the players are adamant that it wasn’t, so that’s disappointing, but hopefully those decisions will level themselves out throughout the season.”

What do you think of your team’s performance despite the result?

“I can’t fault the performance, the players were excellent and they were a credit to the club tonight, we created some good chances to equalise, it was a great effort from the team, and I’m not disappointed from that point of view at all.”

Do you think fixture congestion was an issue after playing your second match in four days tonight?

“Well it was the same for both teams and I was happy with our level of fitness, we definitely upped the ante in the second half and we stayed with them for large periods, we have players catching up in terms of fitness but overall our team fitness is good and we need to keep that up because that is what’s needed in the Premiership

Do you think it’s a good sign that you’re leaving here disappointed after losing to the league leaders?

“Absolutely, we came here high in confidence and we gave it our best effort and we’re very unfortunate to leave with nothing – if we keep up the level of performance that we demonstrated today then we’ll not be far away in any game this year.”

Finally, how will you and the team bounce back from this defeat?

“We just need to dust ourselves down, get ready for Saturday’s home match against Glenavon, and go out and try to win – that’s the only way to respond.”

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