Our game plan worked - Warrenpoint Town’s Stephen McDonnell

Warrenpoint Town manager Stephen McDonnell was delighted his game plan worked, as they easily seen off an out of form Institute.

Sunday, 20th January 2019, 1:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 6:02 pm
Institute Manager Paddy McLaughlin.

McDonnell watched his side cruise into a 3-0 lead just before the break and although they only scored once in the second half, they were always in control and ran out comfortable winners.

“Overall I was pleased with the performance,” he insisted.

“We planned slightly different, in fairness Institute have probably dominated most games of football they have been involved in terms of possession this year, so we had to respect that and we done that when we won up there in the (Irish) cup, so that’s twice now in three weeks that it has worked, we have scored six and conceded none against them, so that’s very, very pleasing.

“It wasn’t probably our usual slick performance, but that wasn’t the plan today and there’s more than one way to skin a cat, so considering the plan worked and two striker’s scored a brace each, we’re delighted.

“It’s the first time in a couple of weeks now that we went with a front four, in terms of wide men, an advanced midfielder and a striker, because we have been chopping and changing the systems to suit personnel and game plans, but we felt today that we could really hurt them on the break and be powerful and I felt we done that really well.

“Look instead of maybe building through the thirds that we normally do, we were a bit more direct at times today, which I think suited, because once Institute open up and come onto to you they leave massive gaps, so we respected that we would get the opportunities and we have took them.”

Both Mark O’Sullivan and new signing Lee Duffy scored twice, as Town really took the game to Paddy McLaughlin’s side.

Warrenpoint Town boss Stephen McDonnell

“Listen it’s great for Sully to get back amongst the goals, because he’s missed a few howlers in recent weeks, but Scully is that character and he’ll just keep battering away and Lee has given us something completely different. Pace, power and he’s great in front of goal, that’s three in three for him, so long may that continue for him.”

As for ’Stute boss Paddy McLaughlin he held his hands up and conceded the home side ran out deserved victors but also conceded the Michael McCrudden’s transfer saga is distracting everyone at the club and needs to be resolved sooner rather than later.

“It wasn’t was good enough and first half it was as poor as it has been for a long time,” he insisted.

“That’s what happens whenever you drop your standards that far, you get punished badly and that’s what Warrenpoint done, so you have to give them full credit.

“Michael’s situation has to be sorted the sooner the better because it’s a distraction right across the board, right throughout the club.

“Me as a manager and I’m sure the players too are sick answering the questions about what’s going on. To be honest no one really knows because I’m the manager of the club and I don’t know what’s going on, so whatever is happening I hope it’s resolved fairly soon.

“If he stays good, then we’ll get him back into the fold. He comes back from suspension for next week’s game against Crusaders, but if he goes then we’ll have to wish him all the best, but one way or the other it has to be resolved fairly soon.

“I would like it to be resolved before we play again, because you can’t keep going on and on about it.

“The club are right in their stance, because he’s the top goalscorer in the Irish League, he’s the best player in the Irish League in my opinion, so he definitely comes at a cost and if no one wants to pay that cost, then he stays where he is.”