‘It’s down to my mistake!’ says Whites boss

Larne's Ciaran Murray with Distillery's Ciaran Burns. US1534-541cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Larne's Ciaran Murray with Distillery's Ciaran Burns. US1534-541cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Lisburn Distillery boss Tommy Kincaid has said he believes he made a mistake in changing the Whites’ formation for their league clash with Larne last Saturday.

The Whites suffered a humiliating 7-0 defeat at New Grosvenor and were reduced to nine men as both Niall Derry and Gareth Ringland were sent off.

Speaking after the defeat, Kincaid said it was an ‘all round poor performance’ from his men.

However, he felt that changing the system from 4-4-2 to 4-3-2-1 was a mistake.

Kincaid commented: “It wasn’t a very good day at the office all around. I changed the system and I think that had something to do with it.

“Our level of performance against Ballyclare was brilliant, but on Saturday too many players were not on their game. It was just one of those days, but hopefully we don’t have one of those days too often.

“It was a really bad day, having two people sent off but I thought the two sendings off were harsh; but we got what we deserved.

“If one or two players have a bad day you can carry that, we couldn’t carry everyone having a bad day. I hope that’s a rare occurence.

“It was an all round poor performance,” the Whites’ boss added.

“I think it was a mistake to change the system, but the players tell me that wasn’t the case.

“We had worked on it in training and it had worked. It was a format I wanted to play and everybody seemed happy with it on the day, no-one came and said this didn’t work, or that didn’t work, or they weren’t comfortable with it.

“Them scoring early didn’t help,” he said.

“With the new formation we didn’t play with wingers. I wouldn’t say we wouldn’t use this formation again, you always look at the opposition and the players you have available to you. Certainly at times everyone has to change shape.”

Kincaid apologised to the supporters following the crushing defeat.

“I’d like to say to the supporters, I apologise for Saturday’s result. It’s not nice to go home with people talking about that result.”

The Whites now have two cup matches, with a break from league action until September 5.

“Not being in league action this weekend will probably benefit us,” Kincaid commented.

“They are still hard games,” he added. “We have Knockbreda at home in the Steel & Sons Cup on Saturday (kick off 2,30pm), and are then away to Warrenpoint, a Premier League side, in the League Cup. It’s not as if we’re getting a break, but at least we’ll not lose any points if things don’t go our way.

“I want a big reaction from the players, I want them to show that that’s not who they are what happened on Saturday.

“I would say this is the best squad I’ve had at Distillery since I’ve been here and hopefully this is just a blip.

“We need everybody to be behind each other and everybody supporting each other.

“The games are coming thick and fast. We have to be up for it and I challenge the players to show that Saturday is not who they are, and for the players coming in for those suspended, they have to take their chance to get into the team.”