FINN HARPS manager Peter Hutton admits he finds some of the negativity surrounding the club in the last week “astonishing.”
Hutton made the comments in the wake of Harps’ first defeat of the Airtricity League Division One campaign, when they went down to Garbhan Coughlan’s solitary goal against Athlone Town on Friday.
Until then, Harps were unbeaten in five league matches, which leaves them third in the division, level on points with Mervue United and gour behind pace-setters Longford Town.
Harps have also progressed through the opening round of the EA Sports League Cup after a 4-1 win at the Mayo League. They are due to play Derry City next month in the next round at Finn Park.
“What I find staggering is the negativity around since last weekend,” Hutton said, with reference to the club’s last home fixture - a scoreless draw against Wexford Youths last Friday week.
Hutton made reference to the fact the club, which had footballing debts of €47,000 that had to be cleared the Christmas before last, must remain positive.
“Eighteen months ago the club was on its knees and almost out of existence,” he said. “There was an awful lot of negativity following the draw with Wexford Youths but we must remember where we’ve come from.
“We should be happy we have the club in the first place and we will continue to work hard and try our best to improve ourselves.
“We must remain positive and upbeat. This is young team and these sort of things, like the odd draw at home or loss away, will happen. Sometimes it’s a realisation for everyone. It’s not the end of the world.
“But we’re working hard together, the players and the board and we said we want to be competitive. We’re third in the league and at this point in time. We’re happy where we are.
“Of course I would like another point or two but what manager wouldn’t?”
Harps have back-to-back league matches at home on each of the next two Friday nights.
Salthill Devon come to Ballybofey this coming Friday and then Waterford United will make the trip seven days’ later.
“We said at the start of the season that we want to be competitive and we’ve the squad to continue to do that,” Hutton added. “It’s only early days in this league.”