Tuesday 19 February 2019

'We need to start putting points on the board': Morris

Points not plaudits: Bohemians midfielder Ian Morris
Points not plaudits: Bohemians midfielder Ian Morris

Bohemians defender Ian Morris admits he's fed up with the fact that a young Gypsies side are earning plaudits, but not points, for their style of play.

With Dylan Watts a revelation in midfield, Bohs were the better side for spells in last week's game at home to champions Cork City, but Keith Long's outfit finished on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline.

It was a similar story a few days earlier away to Derry City, Bohs earning praise but losing 3-1, and also at home to Limerick, a good display but a 0-0 draw.

With one win in five games, Bohs remain in the bottom four and defeat away to St Patrick's Athletic tomorrow, combined with other results, could see them drop into the bottom two.

"I can't say it's encouraging that we are playing well but not getting results, it's very frustrating," says Morris, who will face his former club St Pat's tomorrow at Richmond Park.

"It doesn't matter if you play well but don't get the points. Come the business end of the season all that counts is our points tally, not the way we played, in October no one will look back and say 'you played well against the champions back in April' as we need the points on board.

"The first goal we conceded against Cork was a bad one to let in so we were on the back foot. I thought we bossed the rest of the first half against Cork, but we were done again for a second goal. The constant effort to get into the game left us exposed and we were sloppy with our passing, it's frustrating that it happened but that came from a desire to get into the game and maybe we need to be a bit more patient.

"We move the ball well, we caused Cork huge problems last week but it's annoying that we lost.

"Everyone in the changing room has a pain in the backside from talking about how well we play, we need to shut up and start digging in," added Morris, aware that Bohs have kept just one clean sheet in 13 league games.

"It's not a case of us needing to park the bus, as we are causing teams problems with the way we move the ball but we're conceding poor goals and not putting them away at the other end and that's hurting us, that's the worst combination you can have in football. It's frustrating.

"Players have come in and done really well, I felt Darragh Leahy was different class against Cork, JJ Lunney was very good as well, they are getting good experience and dominating against players you wouldn't expect. We just need to help each other out and start putting points on the board, it's not about performances.

"Pat's tomorrow is a chance for us to turn it around, we have to get ourselves up for that one," he added.

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