Smith putting his faith in team spirit to stop the slump in form

Annagh United manager Dean Smith. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Annagh United manager Dean Smith. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Annagh United manager Dean Smith is urging his players to learn lessons from a run of form which has produced just one win across five league fixtures.

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Knockbreda arrived despite Annagh holding a 1-0 advantage.

The final whistle left Smith and his coaching team searching for answers as to how to adapt to life in the second tier of Irish League football.

Smith remains adamant that quality is not the problem but rather game management and the ability to adjust to the change in circumstances following promotion.

“For the first half we were excellent and could have been clear by two or three goals,” said Smith. “We were cruising and in total control.

“Once they scored it all seemed to change and we failed to control the situation, with a second goal conceded to leave us with nothing despite dominating for long spells.

“We started the season in Championship One as a compact side and hard to break down so need to get back to that approach.

“It is not about lacking quality but about learning what to do in certain situations.

“In Championship One you will get punished more often for making the wrong choice and that is a tough lesson to learn but one we all must take on board.

“However, any progress made by this club has been down to sticking together and that will remain the case.

“Team spirit will always be our greatest strength so now is the time to band together and move forward.”

Annagh visit Dergview tomorrow (Saturday).

“We have five wins and five defeats so far in the league,” said Smith. “That tells a story and sometimes you need to be able to judge a situation.

“At times we will struggle to create or finish or things will go against us.

“When that happens it is important to be able to do what is needed for a point.”

Annagh United will welcome Dollingstown to Tandragee Road in the Irish Cup fourth round on Saturday, December 5.