HAVING to face the media after being on the receiving end of a hammering was perhaps the last thing Cobh Ramblers manager Stuart Ashton would have wanted to do on Saturday night.
But credit to the Cobh boss he did duly come to do his post-match media duties and gave an honest assessment of his side’s heavy hammering at the hands of UCD.
“It was from our point of view self-inflicted. We let a sloppy goal go in. From 30-40 yards, he (Liam Kerrigan UCD player) has run all the way through and slotted one home, which isn’t what we have been about for the last few weeks.
“At 1-0 up, UCD then have got their tails up to an extent. The second goal makes it even harder for us, having a man sent off makes it harder for us.
“At 2-0 down, we had a chance and could have got one back. But then we’ve lost our organization and we have lost our concentration.
“We were out of the game and we got sucker punched for it. At three down our keeper makes a good save.
“At that stage we have got to be looking at ourselves and we didn’t do that tonight. We were just all over the show and the result showed it.
“We were on a little run and that has ended now. So we have got to start again. It was the manner which was the hurting part. The lads obviously are hurting from what has happened.
“But they have got to learn from that. We have learnt the hard way tonight because we got battered by six goals.
“That has not been us and we have to regroup now. You are saying Athlone next. But any team in this First Division, as you have seen with the results here, there and everywhere.
“Athlone is not going to be an easy game. So we have got to get back onto the training ground and get the lads heads up.
“We have to learn and if you talk about game management, UCD were game management.
“They were just putting the ball back over us. They didn’t care about their style, they were just there to win the game. It wasn’t to be tonight and fair play to them.” This defeat was a blow to the promotion hopes of Ramblers. But perhaps the only positive thing Cobh could take after the defeat Saturday is that they are still only 3pts off the playoff positions.
How they respond to this setback will be key and Cobh will hope to make amends and get back to winning ways away to Athlone Town on Friday night next.