Losing by three points at the break to Roscommon on Sunday last. Longford boss Glenn Ryan didn’t rant and rave about the first half performance but instead told his players to go out and play the football they are capable of. They did just that and Ryan was delighted with the way they turned things around.
“We told them to work harder and that’s what they did,” he told the Leader. “The points we got in the second half came about through hard work. That’s the pleasing part of it. Take the goals out of the first half, we didn’t do too bad. The goals are something that we normally don’t concede. Questions were asked in terms of their work-rate and they answered them.
“They had to do the things that we expect of them. In some cases what wasn’t there in the first half we showed it in the second half. That’s what’s required.”
In past games Longford’s fitness has been talked about and it was the same on Sunday. Over the last number of years the fitness levels have been raised. Ryan praised trainer Dave Hare for his contribution but believes it’s a mixture of a few factors. “Davy has them singing off the same hymn sheet and they put in the work. I don’t think it’s all down to being fit, they have shown great heart and that’s what we want.”
The win against Roscommon means its three wins in a row for Longford but they face a very stern test on Sunday when they travel to take on Sligo. The Longford boss knows it’s going to be a difficult game for his side. “It’s going to be a big test for us in Sligo on Sunday. When you are winning games the games get bigger and when you lose it’s the same. All the games are big. It is a very competitive division and we are just delighted we have the points on the board. Please God we will keep going.”
It is all to play for and the next couple of games are crucial for Longford’s promotion challenge. Ryan admitted that things are going well. He hopes that Longford can continue surprising people. “Things are going according to plan. It’s a great division and very competitive. A lot of people have been underestimating us and that’s the way I like it.”