Gulf in class not so great - Clarke

Thursday, 12 January 2017

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DERGVIEW boss Richard Clarke believes his side were not far away from their Tyrone rivals Dungannon, and must learn to cut out the mistakes for the rest of the season.

"Im a wee bit disappointed, but you have to be realistic, we were coming down here hoping that Dungannon would have an off day, and we were right on. We had them frustrated for the first 40 minutes, but that spell before half-time we sort of self-destructed a wee bit.

" I didn't think we deserved to be two goals down at half time, it was a bit of a sickening blow."

"We were able to match Dungannon in a lot of areas in terms of work rate, and we were very organised in the first half. If we cut out the mistakes for the goals, we are not that far away."

Dergview had shaded their Premiership opponents for periods of the game, and at 0-0, things mate have been different if a first-half Ivan Sproule effort had have went the right side of the post rather than graze the side-netting.

"It probably was a key moment. the game plan before the match was to get the ball to Ivan quicker, and we just didn't do it in the first half. it would have been something to sit back and hold onto at that point. I was a wee bit disappointed we didn't switch the ball earlier. We knew we had a lot of pace out wide with Ivan and we could have hurt them there.

"In the second half, I think we had a clear penalty shout, and we had that scramble in the goal-mouth. Saying that, when you're 3-0 down against Dungannon, they can change things around and take their foot off it.

"Overall I'm pleased for the boys, they put in a good effort. Everybody worked their socks off. Dungannon were better than us, it was as simple as that."

"It's more important for us to get points out of the next two league matches and make sure we are in the top six in the Championship."


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