DEFLATED but defiant, London manager Paul Coggins admitted he was “stunned” by his side’s lacklustre performance in Sunday’s defeat to Carlow.
It was another uninspiring display from an Exiles side who have now lost three in succession in Division Four.
“We’re extremely disappointed with that performance,” he said. “The lads are way better than that. They know it themselves, I know it and everybody in London knows it. It was just a bad day. I can’t put my finger on it. It wasn’t good enough and we’re going to have to do something about it.
“We have to work harder and do better than that. I take the responsibility as manager. There are no excuses. But we’re going to make it better. There’s a lot of pride in that dressing room and it’s very badly dented, as mine is. I’m stunned by it all.”
The heavy rain in London on Sunday made for dreadful conditions for football. Handling the ball was difficult and the pitch was sticky and heavy. But Carlow displayed an appetite to adapt to those conditions. For the most part, London didn’t.
Coggins said: “They did adapt better, obviously they did. But we should have been better than that. We didn’t hold on to the ball and we didn’t make the right decisions. We’ve just got to work harder on the training field.”
Five National League games still remain for London, so there’s ample opportunity to get things right before attentions turn to Leitrim – Sunday’s opponents – in the Connacht SFC on June 3.
Coggins couldn’t hide his disappointment on Sunday but the London boss is convinced his players will react: “We didn’t have the best of National Leagues last year and it turned into the best – unless anyone says any different – season we’ve had for many years, so we’ll come back with our heads up.
“We’ve taken defeats like that before in London. Our main aim for the season is to be right for June 3. We’ve got to try different things and give other players a chance now.
“Our season doesn’t end here by any stretch of the imagination. We’re only three games into it. I guarantee we’ll come back from this. We will come back from this.”
*See this week’s print edition of the Irish Post for full coverage of London v Carlow