CORK CITY interim manager Colin Healy didn’t beat around the bush with his assessment of the defeat to Sligo Rovers, the result allowing Finn Harps to relegate the Rebel Army with their victory over Bohemians later on Saturday night.
A 2-1 reversal at the Showgrounds made it ten without a win in all competitions for City since a 3-0 triumph over Sligo at Turner’s Cross in August. Four of those games have come in the time since Healy replaced Neale Fenn and, while there had been a general improvement in performances, the former Republic of Ireland international was left lamenting costly errors.
“I’m just going to be honest here,” he said, “I didn’t think it was good enough.
“The silly goals that we’re giving away and the penalties that we’re missing, it’s just not good enough.
“It’s hard to watch – we get back in the game and then give a silly penalty away and game’s over. It’s tough to take.”
Sligo’s opener came after Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe got on the end of a long free kick from goalkeeper Ed McGinty, capitalising on poor City defending, while what proved to be winner – scored by former City man Ronan Coughlan – came from a penalty conceded by goalkeeper Liam Bossin after a corner wasn’t dealt with.
“It’s bad decision-making, that’s what it is,” Healy said.
“You see in the game – a goalkeeper kicks it 60 yards and we can’t defend it. It’s schoolboy stuff and if you can’t do it here, you’re going to get punished and that’s what happened tonight.”
City’s best period in the game came after Dylan McGlade sent a low free to the net in the 64th minute, with the visitors looking likelier to score. Healy felt there was a chance there but the concession of a second goal punctured any momentum they had built up.
“Exactly,” he said, “at 1-1 it looks like we’re on the front foot and that we’re going to get the next goal.
“And then what happens, we give a silly penalty away and then more or less the game’s over. We keep pushing and pushing but that’s what happens if you give silly goals away.
“You get punished and that’s what happened tonight.”
When he spoke, City still had a slim chance of survival but that dissipated after Harps’ victory at Bohs. Nevertheless, Healy felt it was almost an inevitability.
“These mistakes have happened throughout the season,” he said.
“If they keep happening, then you get punished and you don’t pick up point. Unfortunately, that’s why we’re sitting bottom of the table.
“The boys go out and play, you can back them up as much as you want but, if you keep giving silly goals away, you get punished and you’ve no right to win any matches.”