Fans may value entertainment over end product but managers get judged on results - with Friday’s 3-1 defeat by Bangor putting Annagh boss Dean Smith in an unusual position.
“It was weird as we lost 3-1 but put in such a good performance,” said Smith. “I accept it is about the points but, moving forward, we can take so much from that display.
“We deserved our lead but got punished for a few mistakes and that is all part of the learning process once you move up to the next level.
“At one stage our worst-case scenario was looking like a point, based on how many chances we were creating and how strong we looked across the pitch.
“In the end, Bangor got the result and we have to accept that then move on.”
One positive was the partnership between Scott McCordick and Peter Mallon. McCordick’s season has been disrupted by suspension and injury but the playmaker proved his value with an impressive display, including earning the penalty which Jaime Gardiner converted to break the deadlock.
“Scott was outstanding and gives us something different in that final third,” said Smith. “He caused Bangor problems all night and his partnership with Peter will get stronger over time.”
ANNAGH UNITED: Marc Robinson, Jordan Campbell, Andrew Moore, Stephen Acheson, Richard Allen, Philip Craig, Jaime Gardiner, Steven Park, Peter Mallon, Scott McCordick, Paul Stretton. Subs: Matthew Brown, Bryan Pentland, Chris McElroy, Ryan Coulter, Ciaran Fox.
Kick-off tomorrow (Saturday) will be 3 o’clock at Lisburn Distillery.