- Thursday October 21st, 2010 @ 12:52
STUART BYRNE TALKS TO STPATSFC.COM
St Patrick's Athletic must lift themselves after Tuesday nights' FAI semi-final cup defeat to Shamrock Rovers as they face Bray Wanderers in their final home league game of the season at Richmond Park.
With a place in Europe next season still possible Saints' midfielder Stuart Byrne believes “it's still all to play for” and urges the fans “to keep the faith”.
On Tuesday Night's Defeat
Tuesday was a huge disappointment and it's going to be difficult to pick ourselves up but we're straight in to another game which helps.
After a result like that, heads tend to drop it was similar feeling to losing the Setanta cup final earlier this year. There was a lot of hype this year about the FAI Cup and the final being in the Aviva so it's always difficult when you go so close.
When you look back over the two games, I think we had the better opportunities, the more clear-cut chances and we simply didn't take them.
It was disappointing that having played so well in the first half we ended up really going out with a whimper - chasing the game and really just trying to bring it to penalties .
On securing a European pace
There is still a chance of Europe but we were in a far better position a few weeks ago.
More than anything I'd put to down to inexperience, we've a relatively young squad and it can be difficult to get across how much playing in Europe can mean – you often won't miss it until you see other teams playing or you've experienced it yourself.
It falls down to myself and some of the other players to try and get that message across but to a degree players must take it on board themselves.
I didn't really understand it myself when I was younger – but at some stage you need to step up to mark and say I want to play in Europe every.
Teams that qualify every year get used to it and get into that mindset of achieving things.
On the improved team performance this season
I thought we played to our level for most of the season and maybe it's dropped off due to that little bit of inexperience.
I think as a team we can learn an awful lot from the season. There is a great work ethic in the team now far better than last season but hard work only gets you so far and players need to push on from that.
I think there is an absolutely fabulous foundation here at the club.
I haven't experienced an atmosphere like Tuesday night at Richmond since I came here with Shelbourne a few seasons ago trying to win the league.
A full ground like that with great support showed what St Pat's as a club is capable of and if as a team we get even better and build on that than God knows what can be achieved!
On facing Bray on Friday night
It will be a tough game as they are very much a form team at the moment.
We've beaten them twice already this season, I think we're going into the game in good shape but we will have to be in the right mindset when we take to the pitch on Friday night.
On Friday being the last home game of the season
I'd like to thank the Pat's fans for their support, by all means they are entitled to criticise us when we're bad and then perhaps to praise us when we're good but I would urge them to keep coming and to keep the faith!