Although languishing at the bottom of Division 2 with no points from their first three games Longford manager Glenn Ryan believes that his side should not be written off, just yet, and that things will eventually turn good for them: “A lot of people are writing us off in terms of being relegated but I think we can stay up; we still have four games left. We realise that we are not too far off the mark and have more than acquitted ourselves in the tough Division that we are playing in. We don’t deserve to have no points. The players will continue to put in the hard work and hopefully results will eventually turn in our favour” he told the Leader.
Just like the previous games they were unlucky not to get something from the game in Armagh on Saturday night but mistakes and some refereeing decisions cost them again. Ryan wasn’t happy with things that went against his side but was delighted with the way Longford fought until the end: “We put ourselves back in the game with our second goal. The lads showed maturity and created a hunger to get ourselves back into contention and we were there right up to the finish. I certainly think that if things do level out over the year, one thing that we are due down the line is a few decisions to go our way.”
Ryan can’t fault his players effort and commitment and is hopeful that they can get the results their performances deserve, starting next Sunday at home to Galway: “We have to turn performances into results now. I would love to see the Longford crowd getting out and supporting the lads on Sunday. It’s very easy to come out and support them when we are winning. These fellas are putting in a big effort despite the defeats and I think we are going to be better for that. I would like people to judge the lads at the moment on their level of effort and performance level, rather than results. If they look at it from that point of view they have a team they should be proud of.”
Galway are currently in third spot in the league table and are pushing hard for promotion. The Longford boss knows the huge challenge that lies ahead for his side on Sunday: “Galway had a very good win against Derry in the first game which has proven to be a great result when you look how Derry have done since. Galway are still building and have a huge amount of enthusiasm. Michael Meehan is looking sharp and young (Paul) Conroy is developing into a fine player. They have good players all over the pitch. They will be coming to Longford expecting a win on Sunday and I hope our lads can match the intensity and performance level they have given so far.”