‘A lot of positives’ for Murray in first match

Lisburn Distillery's new manager Sean Paul Murray. US1545-532cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Lisburn Distillery's new manager Sean Paul Murray. US1545-532cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Lisburn Distillery’s new head coach Sean Paul Murray said there were ‘a lot of positives’ to be taken from his first match in charge.

Whilst the Whites lost 2-0 at home to Dergview, Distillery produced an improved performance than has been delivered so far this season.

Murray said his men were ‘unlucky’ and felt his side deserved at least a point.

“I knew we were going to be up against it,” he commented. “I’d only met the team on Thursday and we had four players suspended, so we knew it was going to be difficult.

“I went in almost blind but I was very pleased with the effort of the players, they did everything I asked them to do. It was a much more disciplined performance than what we’ve heard there has been in the past. They were disciplined in their performance, but also in terms of their attitude.

“I felt we were a bit unlucky, we had the ball cleared off the line, we hit the bar and their keeper made some fantastic saves. I felt we deserved at least a point.

“Moving forward there are a lot of positives. The players are already looking to put into practice things we have talked about.

“I am never totally happy losing a game, but there were a lot of positives.”

With a home match against Knockbreda tomorrow (Saturday) for Murray’s men, the new boss is hoping to see more improvement from his side.

“We are looking to see improvement week in and week out.

“We have two back from suspension. but we have another two players who are not available, so it hasn’t been an easy start, but we are looking to see an improvement on Saturday.

“A result would be super,” Murray added.

“An improved performance would be a big lift, but if we keep doing the right things then results will come.”

Murray said he recieved a fantastic reaction from Whites’ fans on Saturday as he took charge of his first match.

“I’ve never shook as many hands in my life,” he said.

“So many people wished us all the best and we got a great ovation at the end of the game, although I am still disappointed about losing the game, but the fans were very positive.

“Speaking to them afterwards they said there had been a massive improvement. They said we’d had more chances in one match than in the previous nine games.

“The key is to get players enjoying themselves and take the game to teams.

“It’s great to have the backing of the fans; they are an important element.”

Lisburn Distillery host Knockbreda at New Grosvenor in the NIFL Championship One tomorrow (Saturday), kick off 2pm.