Ollie Horgan paid tribute to the players who came in and did a job in the absence of so many first choice players against Galway United on Friday night.
Without the injured Ciaran Coll, Packie Mailey and Gareth Harkin, along with the suspended Ethan Boyle, Horgan went with a much changed starting eleven.
However, he said the players who came in, did their job in the 1-0 win.
“We were short a lot of bodies tonight,” the manager said.
“A couple of them are out long-term and that’s hugely disappointing.
“That part of it was very pleasing tonight. Lads came in and played in unfamiliar positions and did very well. We got through tonight. How long we will get away with playing people out of positions, I don’t know.
“ It’s certainly a risk, but we got away with it tonight and credit to the lads that went in they did their job. It wasn’t spectacular in any manner, but this is about results to try and stay in this division.”
Referring in particular to the efforts of Tommy McMonagle at centre half and Josh Mailey at left back, Horgan said: “They defended well, they defended doggedly to their credit.”
He added: “It wasn’t spectacular, but we don’t want them to be spectacular when you are trying to keep a clean sheet.
“We ran our luck a little and got away with it, without being brilliant. We need to improve by a long way to get anything out of Bray who are flying at the moment.”
Bray provide the opposition next Saturday night at the Carlisle Grounds. The Wicklow side were watched by Horgan as they beat Wexford Youths last Saturday week. They followed that win up with a 0-0 draw at Bohemians on Friday night.
“ I watched Bray last Saturday night and they were excellent,” Horgan said.
“They’ve added to that. They are a team of Premier Division players - they’re experienced players.
“Yes, we have a number of them and are great to have. But they have added two or three more to the ones that are already there.
“They were excellent last Saturday. If they are as good as that next Saturday night, we’ll be in bother.”
Horgan though, was happy to finally get a win over Galway.
“Games have been very tight with Galway over the last couple of years,” he said.
“We haven’t beaten them in I don’t know how many years, certainly in the last four years since they came back into the league.
“So it’s pleasing. It’s always tight. They will think they were quite unlucky not to get anything out of it.
“But to be fair to them, they’ll take their oil and move on, as we did in Terryland back in April.