Kenny backs Forrester to find his feet

Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS

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St.Patrick’s Athletic manager, Harry Kenny could not hide his disappointment on Friday night, as the “Saints” went down to Dublin rivals, Shamrock Rovers in a crucial derby clash at Richmond Park. Despite creating some positive opportunities for the likes of in-form striker, Mikey Drennan and former Shamrock Rovers midfielder, Brandon Miele, the Inchicore outfit failed to capitalise on home advantage, in front of a packed out Richmond Park.

However, despite some promising early signs from the hosts, who were many pundits outside title contenders selection in pre-season, Harry Kenny made it known to Between the Stripes TV reporter, Gerard Browne that he was disappointed with how his players started the big game last Friday.

“It’s very disappointing actually, it’s a very disappointing result. The display was only ok, we started very slow, they (Shamrock Rovers) started well for twenty to twenty-five minutes and it took us that length of time to get into the game.”

Despite a slow start for Kenny’s charges, a single spot-kick is all that would separate the Dublin rivals after ninety-minutes, as former “Saints” attacker, Aaron Greene was brought down before Aaron McEneff converted his second penalty of the season. Kenny had no reservations about the decision to award Stephen Bradley’s men the chance to score from twelve-yards.

“The penalty was a bit of a disappointment, it was a definite penalty and it was an unfortunate slip that led to the penalty” honestly admitted the former Bray Wanderers chief.

With a tough trip to the RSC to face Waterford FC coming up on the horizon for Kenny & co. this Friday, the “Saints” boss could do with star signing of the off-season, Chris Forrester rediscovering his best form and fast. When asked about the former Aberdeen mans slow start to life back at Richmond Park, Kenny responded by saying:

“Chris had a few setbacks prior to coming to us and these things take time when you come back from the UK, you need time to settle and get sorted and we just have to wait for it. I didn’t think he was too bad tonight, I thought he played quite well and his fitness is definitely improving week on week, so he’ll be fine.”


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