We got Head Coach Ian Ryan’s thoughts after Friday’s game with Wexford at the Carlisle Grounds.

Bray Wanderers Head Coach Ian Ryan has declared that both the players and staff will respond in a positive manner to Friday’s loss to Wexford.

The Seasiders went down 4-3 in their first match back at the Carlisle Grounds in 35 days in the 2024 season.

But only after taking the lead, and twice coming back to equalise.

“It was a manic game. Terrible defending. Then we get ourselves back into the game again. It looked like the game was probably going to end in a draw. Then the basics of defending, we didn’t do and give away a soft penalty. Then we lose the game” conceded Ryan.

He also accepted that referee Mark Moyhihan’s decision to point for the winning goal was correct.

“Yeah, it’s a penalty. Cole (Omorehiomwan) had the situation under control and then he allowed the striker (Oluwa) to manoeuvre his body in when he should have been stronger.”

The Wicklow side have now conceded two goals or more in each the first five league games this season.

But Ryan wants to turn that fortune around in the coming fixtures.

“It is a terrible habit. The first and second goals for Wexford are the exact same goal. The penalty is the penalty. There’s a lack of real hunger; eyeballs out to defend. It’s lacking in the team. As coaches, we work hard on that. The players work hard on that. But when lights come on a Friday, it needs to be seen.”

He continued “We all need to be strong enough to dust it down. We all need to be strong enough to go at it. We should want to defend, enjoy defending. Especially the defenders, they should relish the chance to defend. And take it personal whoever they are marking. And take it personal to keep clean sheets. We need to get that in our game. And we will get it into our game.”

The tie saw the Green and White’s reshape and switch from a back three to a flat back four.

“As we said in pre-season, it was something we looked at. It was probably a chance to get two (players) up top with the other shape. But just the way injuries are at the minute, it probably forced our hand to have a look at the back-four. In someways, it benefited us. It someways, you could see it left us open a little bit. It’s about individual desire and hunger to get defend as well.”

With Longford Town (Monday) and Cobh Ramblers (Friday) to come to the Carlisle Grounds, Ryan has backed the squad to bounce back.

“We wanted to win (against Wexford). It was a big game, back at home. The games are coming thick and fast. There’s no time to dwell on it. We’ll take our lessons from it. We’ll be back training on Sunday with the bit between our teeth.”

He concluded “We’ve a lot of games coming – Friday/Monday, Friday/Monday. As much as the (Wexford game) is a kick up the arse, football gives you the opportunity to get back on the horse. We’ll do then in training on Sunday. And against Longford on Monday.”