Smith keeping the faith in his squad

Dean Smith. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Dean Smith. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Annagh United manager Dean Smith is refusing to panic in the aftermath of Saturday’s 6-0 rout at home to Limavady United.

Smith retains his belief in the Annagh squad to produce the correct response during tonight’s (Friday’s) visit to Wakehurst, despite the weekend horror show.

“To be honest, 6-0 flattered us as Limavady could have won by more,” said Smith. “We have been edging by in games of late and Saturday was certainly the worst performance in my time at the club.

“It was awful to watch and the last 20 minutes felt like an hour but I know the character within this squad and accept it is hurting those players.

“We had a brief chat after the game and will discuss it again leading up to the Wakehurst match but then draw a line and focus on the future.

“It still comes down to three points lost no matter if you lose by 1-0 or 6-0 so the only positive is if we learn a lesson and move forward.

“We win and lose as a team so I am expecting a response against Wakehurst.

“We opted to play the Wakehurst game on Friday rather than face another blank weekend and, thankfully, I do not have any issues with players missing.”

Smith admits one recent positive has been the club’s transfer activity.

“Scott Rae and Jamie Smith coming in will add youth,” said Smith. “Lee Haire is another promising player and Shane Mulgrew brings experience.

“Shea Skelton has gone to St Mary’s on loan to gain minutes.”

Annagh will follow up the league test with Tuesday’s Mid-Ulster Cup quarter-final clash at home to Dungannon Swifts. Kick-off is 7.45.