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GRAY BLASTS LOW 単OINT

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

GRAY BLASTS LOW 単OINT thumbnailWARRENPOINT Town manager Barry Gray said his team were 組utless against Ards on Saturday.

GUTLESS. That was how Barry Gray described his team's performance on Saturday against Ards.
The Warrenpoint boss was incensed as his Seasiders dropped three vital points to the Premier League's basement side, even admitting it was the worst they have played.
Warrenpoint have lost four league games on the trot, with their last victory, against Glentoran having taken place as far back as February 1.
Speaking to the press after the match at Stangmore Park, Gray was in no mood to soften the blow of losing to their relegation rivals as he said: "Gutless. I explained to the players that the way I would describe it (their performance) was 'gutless'.
“We had nobody to step forward and take the game by the neck. Ards had strings of players willing to do it. We hadn't got it on Tuesday night, and we hadn't got it before that. This is not a one-game scenario. I don't think we recorded a shot on goal in 90 minutes. It's just not good enough."
When asked was it the worse performance of the season a grim-faced Gray said: "Without a shadow of doubt."
The 'Point manager continued: "There was no heart about Warrenpoint. The only two men who seemed to have any heart were standing in the dug-out - me and Harry (Fay).
“I've just said to the boys (in the dressing room): 'it's the team next door that want to stay in the Premiership.' They (Warrenpoint) haven't listened to two words we said all day - or all week - or all month for that matter," said Gray.
It was a day Warrenpoint will want to forget. Things weren't helped by captain John Boyle and top scorer Daniel Hughes not being available for the game while the skilful Stephen McCabe injured himself during the warm-up and was unable to start, his place going to Paudie Smith.
"You've got to try hard, we didn't do that today and so we find ourselves a bit closer to the bottom spot. There is no excuse for it. I'm always the first to praise the players for what they do. But there is very little we can take out of today's game that's positive," said Gray.
And things are not about to get any easier either as on Saturday the Town play host to current Irish Premier League champions Cliftonville who slammed Ballinamallard 5-0 at the weekend.
SEE PAGE 46 FOR MATCH REPORT

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