Finn Park was the venue on a sunny Easter Monday as Finn Harps lost out to St. Patrick’s Athletic, adding more misery to their already abysmal run which now sits at ten straight league defeats. Conor Clifford netted from range to give the visitors tFinn Park was the venue on a sunny Easter Monday as Finn Harps lost out to St. Patrick’s Athletic, adding more misery to their already abysmal run which now sits at ten straight league defeats. Conor Clifford netted from range to give the visitors the lead at the break with Mikey Drennan converting a second half penalty as they Inchicore Outfit returned home with the three points. Tony McNamee, who was a member of the Harps side that stayed up in 2016, says it is up to the players to turn things around. “Performances have been up and down as of late, I don’t know if it’s a bit of luck we need or class but at the minute nothing is going our way,” he said. “We're possibly falling behind, but we have to bounce back.” Harps conceded the opener from a set piece, something that McNamee noted was disappointing but pointed out that not many in the league could finish it the way Conor Clifford did. “Every game, we look at videos of what other teams do from set-pieces, normally they leave two on the edge of the box and there was a little mix up when they only left one there. “It was disappointing at the time, I thought we were playing okay,” he said. The last time Harps scored first in a league game was the thrilling 4-3 defeat at home to Cork City and McNamee says it is a problem they need to work on. “Confidence looks low but it is one of those things, if you happen to get a little bit of luck and the ball goes in off somebodies backside, things can change. “I think if we are going to win games, we are going to have to score first, we might not be the prettiest team in the world but we need to dig results out,” he added. Harps sit at the foot of the table on two points from their opening 13 games, and the former Swilly Rovers man, noted the longer their search for a win goes on, the more difficult it becomes. “The longer it goes on, the more pressure we have on ourselves. “We keep saying ‘surely it’s going to come at some stage’ but I don’t think anyone thought it would be 12/13 games. “It’s not a lack of effort, we just need something to turn for us to give us some sort of confidence, we can forget about tonight's game and look ahead to Friday night and hope something turns our way there,” he concluded.
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