Coleraine manager Oran Kearney was well aware that his side didn’t do enough to get a result against Warrenpoint Town at Stangmore Park on Saturday after they fell to their fourth successive Premiership defeat against Barry Gray’s men.
After ‘Point keeper Jonny Parr had pulled off two stunning saves early on to deny both Howard Beverland and Gareth Tommons, Town began to dominate and two goals in the space of three minutes from Stephen Hughes and Marty Havern did the damage to the Bannsiders with Shane Jennings’ late reply not enough to snatch what would have been a barely-deserved draw.
Kearney is undoubtedly under pressure from Coleraine supporters but he pointed to the continued absence of Stephen Lowry and Ruairi Harkin as part-reason for their recent dismal run of form.
“I thought we started the game well until the goal from the corner and then we finished the game well but the part in between was where the damage was done. We could have been 2-0 up before the first goal,” Kearney said.
“Their keeper has pulled off four or five very good saves in the game but he pulled off two really good saves from headers before they scored. Probably, where we are, at this point in time, we needed one of those to go in. In a game like this, the first goal was always going to be the vital one.
“We have a few injuries to important players and two very important players in particular and for a side like us, and like Warrenpoint, we can’t really be doing without our couple of star men. We are a different side without them, there’s no arguing that. It’s been a very frustrating time and one that is hard to take at this point in time.
“People will always talk. They will talk when things are going well and they always have their little bits and pieces to say. When things are going bad, that’s magnified. I don’t feel any pressure and I never do but, at the same stretch, if I felt I had brought it as far as I could, I would walk away from it. I never really been one during my playing career to pay heed to what others are saying and it’s the same now. I wouldn’t feel pressure as such but it would be more a case of pride and honesty if I felt I couldn’t do much more then it would be time to give someone else a go. I would definitely do that.”
Gray said: “We got what we deserved today and it’s been quite a while since we’ve been able to say that. The players worked every bit as hard today but we took our chances.”