Cork City can't dwell on a sense of injustice over referee's decisions

Cork City can't dwell on a sense of injustice over referee's decisions

Cian Coleman of Cork City protests to referee Ben Connolly during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division against Waterford at Turner's Cross. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

CORK City interim manager, Colin Healy, says they didn’t get the luck that their performance deserved in their goalless draw with Waterford at the weekend.

City spurned a number of goal-scoring opportunities — they have only scored eight in 16 league games — as their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier Division suffered another blow.

Healy was also frustrated by some of the officials’ decisions: Cian Coleman had a second-half goal disallowed, while Deshane Dalling had strong appeals for a penalty waved away after his goal-bound effort appeared to strike a Waterford arm inside the box.

“You know what I’m on about; I don’t have to tell you. There was a disallowed goal, there was a penalty claim as well, but I haven’t seen that, so I can’t really comment on it, but you know the decisions yourselves,” said Healy.

“I haven’t (spoken to the officials after the match). I’m not going to get anywhere there, am I? They made their decisions and that’s it.

“We went for the win. We wanted to get the three points and I think we gave it everything we got; we just couldn’t put the ball into the back of the net. It just wasn’t to be for us.

“The last 25 or 30 minutes, we went for it. We put the attacking lads on and we created a lot of chances — we had a few decisions that went against us — but, again, it just didn’t happen on the night for us,” Healy said.

Cork City interim manager Colin Healy reacts to a goal chance. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Cork City interim manager Colin Healy reacts to a goal chance. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

“Sometimes, you need a bit of it when you are down there at the bottom; you need that little bit of luck and we just didn’t get that.

“It could have been 3-0 or 4-0; it could have been. The boys came out, they gave it everything, they gave it everything they can, but it just didn’t happen.”

The draw leaves City, who have failed to win any of their last nine games in all competitions — eight of those in the league — bottom of the table, a point behind relegation rivals, Finn Harps, who now have two games in hand.

“Three points would have been better than one, but we are just going to have to wait and see,” said Healy.

“We will come back in and then get ready for Sligo: That’s all we can do now.

“The performances have been getting better, they have been getting better every game that we have played. I knew that would happen.

“It’s because what we have with the coaching staff and what we demand of the players. If you keep doing that, you will get better and you can see there, tonight, that there was hunger, desire, determination,” Healy said.

“But, then again, the most important thing is putting the ball in the back of the net. That’s what gets you three points and we just didn’t do that tonight. On another night, it might have been a different story.

“The boys are disappointed. They know where they are: They are at the bottom of the table. We wanted to get three points and we didn’t get it.

“What I need now and what I need from the coaching staff: We need to pick the boys up. We need to come into training and get ready for next Saturday, because you just don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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