Tommy Breslin has called for a major improvement all round as Cliftonville dropped further points in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Warrenpoint Town.
The visitors, for whom Stephen McCabe blasted a first-half penalty over the bar, took the lead when Daniel Hughes pounced on Ryan Catney’s short backpass with 13 minutes to play, but substitute Martin Murray glanced home a header shortly afterwards to secure a draw for Breslin’s frustrated champions.
“It’s a worry that not just today but in recent weeks too that we aren’t getting any shots away,” said Breslin.
“I clocked it at 79 minutes before we had our first one here and that’s not good enough. It’s hard to understand because, in training, we do so much work around creating chances and opening up opportunities but, come the matches themselves, we’re nowhere near as lively in the final third.
“That’s not to say I’m blaming the strikers because, when you assess things overall, you can’t just say it’s up front where we’re struggling or midfield or at the back - it’s collective and there’s a strange lull about us all over the park.”
“Even though we were ahead with so little left on the clock, I have to be pleased with a draw against Cliftonville at Solitude,” said Town boss Barry Gray.
“The boys have put in a huge effort and actually created the best chances in the match so it was only right we came away with something.”