Ian Morris: 'If you've watched every team over the season, I think all of them seem to play better against us'

Sun, Sep 01 2019

Shelbourne earned a hard-fought point against Bray Wanderers on Friday evening Credit: Paul Dolan (ETPhotos)

Andrew Dempsey reports from Tolka Park

Shelbourne boss Ian Morris admits that he has found his side’s First Division rivals increasing their level of performances against the Reds throughout the season.

Morris spoke after the scoreless draw at home to Bray Wanderers on Friday evening - a game that was played in front of a season high attendance of 1,655.

“It happens all the time – I’ve watched every team we’ve played on numerous occasions and I think if you’ve watched every team over the season, I think all of them seem to play better against us.

“So, we do have to play a bit better against every team because they just raise their levels and it’s very obvious when you watch games back and you look at them in other games.

“It’s frustrating but we’ll do it the hard way and we’ll dig in. We’re three points ahead with two to play.

“Performance wise, that frustrated me – As a whole, over the ninety, I think a draw is a fair result.

“The performance wasn’t up to the levels we’re normally at, we didn’t move the ball quickly enough and we gave away sloppy possession.

“We did create chances, but we didn’t put them away at our end. I can’t remember too many clear cut chances Bray had but the chance at the end should have wrapped up all three points for us.

“It’s another point on the board, we’re top of the table by three points with Drogheda to come. We’ve an extra week to prepare and we’ll be all guns blazing going down to Drogheda.”

The former Bohemians player added; “I think the occasion may have played a part. There was just under 1700 in Tolka and it was big atmosphere. Everyone knows what stage of the season we’re at, it’s no secret now.

“It could have played a part, but the performance frustrated me. I think we’ve come in this year; we’ve set ourselves a few targets when we came in and we’re top of the league with two games left.

“That’s a huge positive for us. We have to go to Drogheda, to go and win. We beat them the last time we played them here.

“We’ve players back from suspension and we should have a fully fit squad to choose from so competition for places should be strong.

“We created a lot of chances, but we didn’t keep the ball well and we still drew nil-all. I’ve watched Bray in the last four or five games and that’s the best they’ve been.

“I thought they were really good tonight, but they just didn’t create too many chances, but they were just a little bit than us tonight and that’s the most frustrating part.”