Finn Harps boss, Peter Hutton says he already has one eye on next season, as he prepares his team for the final two games of this campaign.
Hutton watched his team lose their long unbeaten run in Saturday night’s 2-1defeat by Waterford United at Finn Park. And while he says he was disappointed with the performance, Hutton said there were also positives to take from the defeat.
“It’s not all doom and gloom by any means, it’s not a disaster,” he said.
“It’s a disappointing result, the unbeaten run is gone. We’ll regroup now and look forward to the SD Galway game. I want to see a response now, not just in the Galway game, but in training as well.”
Hutton also admitted that he’ll approach Harps’ last two games with one eye on preparations for the 2013 season.
“I have an eye on next season already, that’s why we tinkered with the team tonight. But in saying that, the boys have shown great commitment tonight and work ethic, but it just wasn’t enough.
“We’ve challenged the boys now to see how they respond and we want to get the two wins. It will be two difficult games but there’s no doubting the boys can go and do it.”
Hutton’s team changes included the demotion of regular midfielder, Shaun McGowan to the bench for what the manager revealed were “disciplinary reasons”. Hutton felt his team didn’t help their chances by giving away two poor free kicks in the lead up to both Waterford goals.
“We handed them the three points. We gave away sloppy goals, it’s been one of our cruxes this season, handing teams goals and we’ve done it again tonight.
“We gave away a silly free kick on the edge of the box on the stroke of half time and we got punished when Dempsey put it away. “Similarly in the second half, their second goal again, it was a needless challenge on the edge of the box and he put that away as well. When you’ve players of that quality, you just can’t afford to be giving away rash challenges.
“Overall, there were a lot of positives. The second half display was a lot better but we’re disappointed in the sense that we didn’t do ourselves justice overall from the standards we have set over the last ten weeks.”