Gray issues support call as 'Point suffer fourth defeat
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
WARRENPOINT Town manager Barry Gray has called on the footballing community to rally behind his side as they embark on a difficult climb from the bottom of the Dankse Bank Premiership, writes Steve Malone.
Gray was speaking after the Seasiders slumped to their fourth Irish Premiership defeat against strugglers Coleraine - leaving them bottom of the table with no points.
Less than 200 fans paid in to watch the game at the newly refurbished and excellent looking Milltown on Saturday.
Gray praised his players for their commitment despite defeat but urged fans to come to Milltown.
“The players are gutted coming off the park and rightly so. The third goal was sloppy, but at the end of the day you can't really fault them for their work ethic today and how they went about it," said Gray.
“Whereas last week we did heavily criticise the performance, so we have got to be happy with that but the players don't take much joy going in after 90 minutes, having been beat again and still searching for their first win.
“So heads down and work hard. It's not easy when it is like this. Morale is low there is no doubt about it, the players confidence levels is going to be low starting the league the way we have and the boys need every bit of help they can get and I include myself.
“It would be nice to see some of the support, or some of the people who support local football or Warrenpoint Town as a club to come and try and edge them on, as every wee bit helps.
“And you seen it today the influence on the referee from the crowd, which we don't have week in and week out and it is effecting decisions."
And Gray was fuming that his side were denied a penalty when trailing 2-1.
He said: "Stonewall; the only man in the park that didn't think it was a penalty was the referee unfortunately.
“I had the fourth official standing 10 yards from me calling it, the lines man called it and they told me that they told the referee he got it wrong.
“It was a game-changer, it definitely was at that stage and I don't think there were any qualms about the penalty. Mark Hughes goes past his man and he is taken out of it. I don't see any reason why he would go down when he passed the last defender and was in the box."
Warrenpoint Town look for their first Dankse Bank Premiership win away to Institute on Friday (August 29) with kick-off at 7.45pm.
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