Monday’s goalless draw with UCD in Belfield provided an unexpected education. “What do we learn from it? Away from football, never put a wheelbarrow in a sprinkler,” said Duff, regarding An eight-minute delay in the second half was created by unexpected water works.
In the end, the wheelbarrow was really successful in fixing the problem.
“I will tell the most interesting thing is the fountain, “Duff continued,” It definitely for my son (Woody). He was in the crowd. ”
There isn’t a huge amount to be enthralled otherwise, with the new side of Dubliners still finding their way.
Last Friday’s success in Drogheda meant he won across the board, but his side have struggled to build momentum for their next away day and now they must face face a tough home pair with Derry (Friday) and Dundalk (Friday).
Duff has felt overreacted for several quarters to his team’s opening night defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic, but he feels that his team has labored and made life worthwhile. too difficult for them. UCD.
“It’s a pretty good start,” he said, with a nod of the overall situation. “You can separate the bone from it. I hear people say it could be five or six games against St Pat’s (lost 3-0) … nonsense.
“The other night, we won that game. That game (UCD) sucks, we’re the masters just messing up the game. We will be a team that is really structured in where we are and the way we move the ball. One and two touch, dribble when you can. While it was just chaos.
“If you can’t score after 10 or 12 minutes, calm down. You continue to work with the ball and work in opposition. But things seem complicated tonight.
“I don’t think the feet are wise, they are tired. Maybe mentally. Because we were on top of them all the time, they were probably mentally exhausted.
“As I said to the players, it’s not that I don’t get three points or only one point that disappoints me. That’s how we played.
“I told them they were really great for what could have been 10 or 11 weeks. And that was probably the first game that lacked quality. But, listen, that’s a point on the board and we’ll move on. ”
Duff spent the entire game day watching Derry’s previous matches, and admitted that the busy early season schedule has left no room for other matches.
“It doesn’t stop,” he said. “You just get comfortable with yourself because you never leave the laptop.
“That’s the way of the world. It’s my birthday this week. So if I wasn’t doing this job, I’d probably throw a party for two or three days. I was going to say bender, but I don’t drink much.
“I had a day off (Shels doesn’t train on a regular Wednesday) but when the schedule changed, I brought us in. Listen, that’s a good focus, I really like it. “
Meanwhile, his opposing number Andy Myler was left to reflect the frustration of missed opportunities in a tight situation. He was pleased with the way his team performed physically, admitting that was something they had said the other season.
UCD is yet to score in three games, but has kept consecutive clean sheets against Finn Harps and Shels.
“We know we have a lot of good players but what we have to be careful and mindful of is incorporate it in the games properly, and make sure we stay in the games and have a good background. foundation to win because we are of no use. Myler said.
“We have to work on the elements that we need to do and that is solid defense and know the quality that we have on the side that can win games from that platform.
“I am satisfied enough with the performance (Monday). On another night, you mark it but overall, we played decent football.”
Elsewhere, Jack Byrne talked about how a message from Stephen Kenny on the eve of the season really lifted his spirits.
Byrne played brilliantly in Shamrock Rovers’ 3-1 win over Drogheda on Monday, with a brilliant assist soon followed by a stunning goal.
He’s back to enjoying his football after a disastrous stint at APOEL Nicosia, which made 2021 a match to wipe out. The 25-year-old wants to play his way back to the Irish image but knows he has a bit of work to do. However, contact from Kenny was welcomed.
“It’s great, it’s real. I can’t explain the kind of lift it gave me, but it did give me something,” Byrne said. “It was good for him; he doesn’t have to do that. “
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/its-non-stop-if-i-wasnt-in-this-job-id-probably-be-having-a-two-or-three-day-party-damien-duff-41401001.html ‘It doesn’t stop. If I didn’t do this job, I’d probably have a two or three-day party’ – Damien Duff