Gray laments Point’s current low confidence

Coleraine's James McLaughlin celebrates scoring against Warrenpoint Town during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership game at The Showgrounds.
Coleraine's James McLaughlin celebrates scoring against Warrenpoint Town during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership game at The Showgrounds.

Barry Gray admitted his Warrenpoint Town side are low on confidence after slipping to another defeat on Saturday.

The Milltown side currently sit four points adrift at the foot of the table after going down 2-0 to Coleraine at The Showgrounds.

It could have been very different for the Point though, who performed well throughout, but for a couple of lapses at the back.

“The team is low in confidence given where we are sitting at the minute,” said Gray afterwards.

“You ask for the performance today and you get it, but we are frustrated with the silly goals we’ve given away.

“There are positives to take away from the game although the players may not feel like that at the moment because it’s another defeat.

“It’s tough enough to come here and try and get a result without gifting goals like we did today.

“We are frustrated with the result, but as I’ve just said to the boys when you gift teams goals like that do you really deserve anything? The hard truth of the matter is you don’t.

“We gave away two silly goals at two very crucial times of the game and it’s cost us.

“We are fairly pleased with the performance levels. it’s something we have lacked in previous weeks. We have done it across 90 minutes today.

“Their keeper has made a couple of good stops at crucial times, but that’s why he’s there.

“If we had managed to get a goal back then with 15 or 20 minutes to go it would have put the game on its head.

“We’re pleased to be creating those chances though.

“We’ve another tough task next week against Crusaders, so it really is uphill all the way. You just need that wee change of luck and the break of the ball.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get it today, but maybe we will next week.”

In stark contrast Coleraine boss Oran Kearney was delighted with his side’s result, which consolidates their fourth place position, but he was disappointed with the performance.

“It was far from the most convincing performance I’ve saw us produce,” he said.

“Last week we had the result and the performance, today I think it was only the result, the performance wasn’t really there.

“I remember a couple of seasons ago against Cliftonville we were beat 5-1 on the day, but it was one of the best performances of that season.

“That’s football unfortunately. Today our performance was no where close to what we would expect, but in the same stretch we have managed the game.

“Doc has pulled off three or four good saves to keep the clean sheet and we’ve got the three points.”

Darren McCauley lobbed in Coleraine’s first real chance of note on 33 minutes, and two minutes in to first half stoppage time a comedy of errors in the visitors’ defence allowed James McLaughlin to poach his seventh of the season.

“The goals came in what was probably the only 15 minutes of football we played,” said Kearney.

“The first one was something out of nothing, Rodney Brown won the first header and kept it alive, and to be fair to Darren it’s a cracking finish.

“We kicked on for the fifteen minutes leading up to the end of the first half, we pressured them high up the pitch. That’s where the second goal comes from. Darren does really well to keep the ball alive, and James does what he does, he’s a predator when he gets into those areas and he showed it with another great finish. It was nice to see it go in.”