13 Aug 2022

Rooney says disappointed players will knuckle down to turn things around

IF there is one man who knows that Louth teams do not make things easy for themselves, it’s JP Rooney.

IF there is one man who knows that Louth teams do not make things easy for themselves, it’s JP Rooney.

The Naomh Mairtin veteran, along with Aaron Hoey have seen Louth pile unnecessary pressure on themselves numerous times throughout the years.

Once again, on Sunday, Louth did it again as a second lacklustre performance in a row at home, resulted in a loss, which dented their promotion hopes to Division Two of the Allianz League.

As a result, Louth will now have to beat Cavan and Waterford to ensure that they have any chance of promotion.

Looking back on the game, Rooney, who scored 0-3 himself knew that it was not the performance that the supporters or the players were expecting.

Speaking post match, Rooney said that he and his teammates were not happy with their showing on the day.

“We were just saying there how it lacked a bit of intensity.” He added: “When the ball went out of play we were not getting it in quick enough and moving on it.

“We have to try to rectify that during the week and see how we can move on.”

Rooney smacked the underside of the bar in the first half and reckoned if that goal went in, it could have changed the game.

“It just seemed to be one of those days, just they were not going in or they were missing the bar. “There wasn’t much in it but we definitely kicked ourselves out of that game today.”

The Louth hitman now expects his side to try to rectify things in training on Tuesday night.

“It was definitely not good enough from our point of view but on the other end, I’d say we had a lot more chances ourselves to be ahead at half time. We are just not happy about the last two weeks and now we have to get back to training on Tuesday night, rectify a few things and get back to winning ways.”

One thing Rooney was pleased about was that his team fought to the end, even if they did not get the result he wanted.

“That’s the one good thing about us at the moment, no game is there to be taken. We are going to fight till the end. We did get ahead and they got a lucky goal. It came back off the post and it was right place, right time.

“It just seemed to be one of those days, if it was going to fall, it was going to fall for Limerick.

“We did have enough chances to win or draw a game, but including myself, we just took the wrong options in the end.”

Thankfully for Louth, Tipperary beat Offaly on the day, leaving both sides on six points, but Rooney thinks that two wins could be enough for Louth to get promoted.

“I think there was a result that favoured us today, Tipperary beat Offaly. That opens it up. We are still in second place. So we are still there or there abouts, but we have to get to the bottom line of why we haven’t won the last two games.

“I’d say everyone was saying here we go after the Wexford game, but we have to knuckle down.We all know what has happened and we have to stop the rot. That’s the main thing at the moment, focusing on Cavan and let’s lift it up for that.

“There’s two games left and it’s all to play for. Louth definitely don’t make it easy on ourselves. We will get back to training on Tuesday and move on from there.”

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