Tommy Barrett: 'We were poor tonight and kept giving it away'


Tommy Barrett Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Éanna Mackey report from Markets Field

Manager Tommy Barrett looked a deflated figure in the Markets Field on Friday evening after Treaty United’s unbeaten start to the SSE Airtricity League First Division was brought to an end by Finn Harps.

Treaty struggled to get going for much of the game having to deal with heavy pressure from the visitors. Barrett felt as if the absence of the suspended Lee Devitt and injured Colin Conroy from midfield contributed to the below-par performance given how impressive they have been since the start of the season.

“When you’re missing Colin (Conroy) and Lee (Devitt) you’re missing that energy, they have great legs and we’re missing the two of them from midfield at the same time. Overall Harps deserved their win, I would’ve been happy with a draw the way that we were playing but we were just poor,” he said.

“We’ll always hang on in there and the lads that came in are great lads and did well but decision-making overall tonight just wasn’t there, we lacked that energy and we were flat.”

Barrett will remain without his midfield duo as Treaty face a quick turnaround against fellow play-off hopefuls Athlone Town on Monday evening.

“After a poor performance it’s a great chance for us to bounce back even though you maybe don’t want to play a very strong Athlone team on an Astro pitch,” said Barrett.

“We just have to play better, keep the ball and possession better. We were poor tonight and kept giving it away. We just have to be braver with the football on Monday especially on an Astro.”

Treaty United face Athlone Town at Lissywollen on Monday, kick-off is at 5pm.