Drogheda United manager Tim Clancy believes Friday’s victory over UCD was the perfect response to last week’s defeat to Cabinteely. The Boynesiders’ undefeated start to the campaign ended at Stradbrook Road but three points over UCD saw Drogheda rec
Drogheda United manager Tim Clancy believes Friday’s victory over UCD was the perfect response to last week’s defeat to Cabinteely.
The Boynesiders’ undefeated start to the campaign ended at Stradbrook Road but three points over UCD saw Drogheda reclaim top spot with Clancy quick to praise his side’s reaction.
“That was exactly the response we were looking for,” the 33-year-old explained post-match. “We were really disappointed with last Friday but we knew how big of a game tonight was and we certainly rose to the occasion.
“I think the difference on the night was quality finishing. Both sides had two genuine chances in the game and we took ours with two really fine team goals from Gareth McCaffrey and Lee Duffy.”
Drogheda goalkeeper Paul Skinner was criticised in some quarters for his performance in Cabinteely but Clancy was quick to single out his number one following two key saves to deny Georgie Kelly.
“Skinner has been excellent for us this season and he’ll know better than anyone that he should’ve saved the first goal last week.
“Mistakes happen with goalkeepers but he was massive for us tonight. Not only were his saves vital, he cleared a lot of dangerous corners and set us up quickly on the counter-attack.”
The Trim native is eager to keep his side’s feet on the ground and he’s quick to point out that there’s a lot of football left to be played between now and the end of September.
“There are going to be times this season that we might lose two or three on the bounce so we can’t get carried away now.
“We know that if we keep delivering results and performances like we are at the moment then there’s a great chance we’ll be in with a shout come the end of the season.
“Our focus isn’t on where we are in the league table, it’s on St Mochta’s on Monday and another big league game here with Longford Town on Friday.”