After a couple of very disappointing defeats Wexford changed things up a bit and were unlucky not to have gained their first win of the season as they drew 0-0 with Longfird Town last night in Ferrycarrig Park.
A new 3-5-2 formation was put in place and the players seemed to enjoy it.
Wexford had some chances to score through Adam Hamlon and Craig Hayes, while Enda Curran hit the crossbar, whilst also blasting over when clean through.
Manager Damian Locke told us after the game, “We are pleased with the performance and result it was important for us to keep a clean sheet tonight, it gives us something to build on.”
“It looked like each player played with a new lease of life tonight which I believe says a lot about the kind of group we have considering how difficult it’s been after recent results. I’ve no doubt we will have the confidence to go one step further and get our first win next Friday”
Midfielder Shane Dunne was full of praise for both young goal-keeper Chambers and some of the other least inexperienced players, “Yeah it was a very good performance on the back of a few bad results, which just shows that there is good character in the dressing room.”
“It was important that we got the clean sheet, and it’s something to build on for the defence. Corey Chambers made a couple of vital saves too in the second half. We could also have nicked the win with a bit more ruthlessness, but I’m sure that will come.”
“The younger and inexperienced players now have a full round of games under their belts and I’m confident we can start putting a stamp on the league in the next few weeks.”
Goal-keeper Corey Chambers who’s only 19 years-old performed solidly through-out. He was delighted with the way the game went saying, “Tonight’s game ends the first set of fixtures in the First Division, and just like all of our games so far, both teams were well in the contest throughout the game.”
“I think every team in this division has the ability to take points from any team in the league on their day. Longford had some great chances to score in the second half but I believe we defended well throughout.”
“We had chances to nick all 3 points at the end aswell so I think a draw was a fair result. I believe tonight’s result is huge for the remainder of our season.”
“In recent weeks, we have worked really hard but it just didn’t seem to be clicking and we weren’t getting the results that we wanted. Damian has been working on a new shape in training that he feels will benefit the team in the long run.”
“We implemented this new formation tonight and got a result, and a clean sheet. We can now build on this result to push on and score goals at the other end while knowing that this new system will keep them out.”
“I have full confidence that we have the quality within the squad to turn around the recent results and get back to winning ways.”
Centre-back Owen McCormack 19 is another young player making an impact in Damian Locke’s side.
“I thought all round the Longford game went decent. We set up in our new 3-5-2 formation which we didn’t get much time to work on yet but I thought it went very well, we were very organised as a team.”
“As everyone can clearly see we have been leaking a lot of goals the past few weeks but the first positive we have to obviously take from the Longford game is the clean sheet. I also think the 3-5-2 will create a lot more chances for us as we’ve clearly been lacking goals but I think with 2 strikers that could all change pretty fast.”
“It’s been very clear to see we just haven’t been at it in the recent games. All round from myself and the lads will tell you themselves it just hasn’t been good enough.”
“This league has nothing in it and it’s still up for grabs for anyone to win. Our all round squad is still very young, and people tend to forget that, but I think in the next few weeks we can take a lot of people by surprise. There’s no doubt there is talent in the dressing room and surely it’s only a matter of time before it clicks.”
“This is my second year at Wexford now, and I’m enjoy playing football here. The boys in the dressing room are always buzzing around and are always encouraging myself and the younger lads coming through.”
“On my own performances, the majority of them have not been good enough this season and I owe a lot to the managers for sticking by me and giving me the chance to prove I’m better than some of my performances in the previous games.”
“I’ve still another year at U-19 for Wexford which have a very strong 19s side under new management this year that I would love to play for but obviously playing with the first team is my first priority. I think myself this clean sheet is something I needed just to get the confidence up and gives us as a team something to build on.
Stan Fox (Wexford FC)
Kieran Burke (@betweenthestripes)