After a below-par performance in going down to Waterford last weekend, Shelbourne manager Ian Morris was full of praise for the way the side responded in their 1-0 win over Finn Harps in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division on Tuesday evening.
The victory moves Shels up to joint-fourth in the table. Ryan Brennan headed the only goal of the game at Finn Park, with Morris' men digging in after Karl Sheppard was given a straight red in the 11th minute for a heavy challenge on Leo Donnellan.
"We're back to where we should be after the team did not perform on Saturday," was the manager's initial reaction when he spoke to RTÉ Sport's Siobhán Madigan.
"We couldn't penetrate at the top end of the pitch. Today, we showed what we are about. We had our character and personality back in the team. We moved the ball well. We were exceptional. When we needed to we had to dig in and when we had to play, we played."
As for the sending off, Morris felt Sheppard gave the referee no choice.
"I've seen a couple of photos. It doesn't look the prettiest. He gave the referee a decision to make and sometimes they go against you."
Ryan Brennan's first-half header was enough to give 10-man Shelbourne a 1-0 win over Finn Harps in Ballybofey tonight.— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) August 4, 2020
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Regarding the decision to keep the maximum number of people allowed at sporting venues to 200, Morris wasn't too perturbed, when adding: "Health and safety comes first. We have adapted to it. We played our pre-season games behind closed doors and now we have two games played with 200. We're up and running and we'll keep going."
Harps boss Ollie Horgan, also speaking to RTÉ Sport, was somewhat "disappointed" at the Government's decision to keep the number at 200, but was more concerned at having to play "four games in nine days". Next up for Harps is an away date with St Pat's on Friday.
On the loss to Shels, which keeps his side third from bottom, Horgan was straight up in saying they didn't deserve anything from the encounter.
"To be fair to Shelbourne when they went down to ten men, they fought tooth and nail. They weren't pretty. Neither were we. They deserved their win and we only have ourselves to blame. The red card galvanised Shelbourne more than it did us.
"In the second half, we huffed and puffed and they sat deep and counter-attacked. We deserved what we got."
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