Wednesday 22 November 2017

Power describes Antrim football as 'thuggery'

By Brendan Furlong

Wexford manager David Power
Wexford manager David Power

Wexford football team manager David Power has described some incidents in his side's defeat to Antrim as 'not football, but thuggery'.

In the aftermath of the county's four-point defeat to Antrim in Corrigan Park, Power has lashed out at the northern style of football.

'I'm frustrated, disappointed and tired. Conditions were very tough but Antrim's physicality took the game to another extreme,' he said.

'There was a stamping incident, a punch in the face and a clothes line offence, and the referee, Sligo's John Gilmartin, failed to do anything about it,' he claimed. 'I'm not making excuses, but this is not football, it's thuggery.

'The weather and underfoot conditions were very conducive to the northern style of play which is very defensive. The type of game played was not a forward-friendly game but on paper this is possibly our toughest away game, physically at least.

'We have lots of work to do before we take on London at the end of the month. There's lots of things we need to improve on which is what we will be concentrating on in training over the coming weeks.'

However, Power has ruled out ace attacker, Ciarán Lyng, for that encounter.

'Ciarán is getting treatment for a hip problem. It will be the middle of March before he is back, but against that Daithí (Waters) and P.J. (Banville) will also have more time to increase their fitness levels.'

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