Aaron Greene doesn't want to play the blame game. He admits that Bray Wanderers' players have nobody to blame but themselves for their precarious position at the foot of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table. The 28-year notched 12 times
Aaron Greene doesn't want to play the blame game. He admits that Bray Wanderers' players have nobody to blame but themselves for their precarious position at the foot of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table.
The 28-year notched 12 times last term and was the Seagulls' inspirational talisman but he is yet to hit the net for the Co. Wicklow club in 2018 who are yet to taste victory in that time.
An improved performance against Dundalk in their first outing since Dave Mackey's departure encouraged Greene but he feels there's no point getting excited without points.
"We've let ourselves down recently," reflected the Dubliner. "I don't do moral victories but we worked a lot better but that's a given. We did the same up in Dundalk and got our reward.
"Overall, we went out and worked for each other as a team rather than individually. We got nothing from the game but we have to start taking positives. We caused Dundalk problems - we didn't really have any clear cut chances apart from possibly myself.
"As footballers we know individually that we haven't done enough. Unfortunately, Dave [Mackey] has left because of it and it's not nice when a manager leaves. I haven't been part of many teams that have had that happen. As players, we have to move on. Only we can get ourselves out of this mess and we owe it to ourselves."
Greene is sick of humiliating defeats and has one eye on upcoming fixtures against Limerick, Sligo Rovers and Bohemians as a means to kick-starting the Seagulls' season.
"It's not nice getting beaten 4-0/5-0 week in, week out. Dundalk had to work for that victory and that's something that's usually true when teams come to Bray so we need to take that going forward.
"They're the games that we need to be getting points in. Of course, we'll try and take points from every game but taking points off the teams around us are important. We're the ones that put ourselves in this situation, we're the ones that can get ourselves out of it.
"We need to keep doing what we did tonight and I think if we can do that for the foreseeable future; we'll start getting points on board."
Asked about his own goalscoring hoodoo, his face screws up in frustration as he lets out a deep sigh. "It's a nightmare. I've had my best chances against Dundalk this year. I don't think I've actually had many shots which is very frustrating.
"For me, I don't think I've worked hard enough but today, I probably worked harder than I did even last year under Harry. I need to keep doing that and we need to keep fighting."