Hutton refuses to throw in promotion towel but knows points are needed

Hutton refuses to throw in promotion towel but knows points are needed
Peter Hutton wasn’t seeing the glass as half-full after his side drew 2-2 with Cobh Ramblers on Friday night at Finn Park.

Peter Hutton wasn’t seeing the glass as half-full after his side drew 2-2 with Cobh Ramblers on Friday night at Finn Park.

The Harps manager saw his team put to an end a run that saw them lose four on the bounce in the Airtricity League First Division.

However, Hutton was understandably downbeat having seen them surrender a 2-0 goal lead against the Cork outfit.

Goals from Keith Cowan and Michael Funston had made for a positive start, only for Martin Deady and Dynan Rocks to level things up.

“We were 2-0 up and playing well and then the usual,” Hutton said. “We just shot ourselves in the foot and they got a goal to make it 2-1.

“That gave them an incentive to go and chase it and after all the chances we had, we paid the ultimate penalty.

“For their second goal, the young forward (Rocks) was allowed to run 30 or 40 yards unchallenged. We weren’t even streetwise. It was schoolboy stuff.”

After such a bad series of results, Harps’ confidence, particularly when Cobh forced their way back into the match, was ebbing.

“Confidence is low and we had the weight of the world on our shoulders,” Hutton continued.

“They were wallowing in their own pity there and what we have to do is just get up and get on with it.”

It was in many ways a strange game, very open. On another night Harps might’ve won comfortably, while others were just relieved to have had at least a point by the final whistle.

“Through out the game, our final ball was just shocking,” Hutton added. “We’ve been working on that all week.

“There were positives in the first half. We created a lot of chances and we were saying if we don’t take a couple more of these it’s going to come back and haunt us. That’s exactly what happened out there.”

Funston looked to have torn his hamstring late in the game and Thomas McMonagle could also face a spell on the sidelines when he aggravated a foot injury he had earlier in the season.

One thing Harps did do, however they went about it, was to end a run of four successive defeats.

“I suppose every unbeaten run has to start somewhere so maybe this might kick-start something,” Hutton said.

“We’re not out of the running in regards promotion but we need to start picking up points.”

“Longford, the league leaders, are here next week and it’s a game we will get up for.”