Terry Hyland admits that Sunday’s Allianz League third division clash with Louth is a must win.
Leitrim sit on just one point with three matches remaining in this year’s campaign, while Louth have yet to collect any points in their opening four games.
“It is” a game we can win “and we need to start getting points on the board” explained Leitrim boss Hyland.
“Our destiny is still very much in our own hands, we can’t look past Sunday but it is important we get something from it.”
While Leitrim collected a very impressive draw away to Derry in round one, defeats to Cork, Longford and Offaly have all followed, with Hyland’s side fading in the second-half.
“It’s a phenomenon in these games” added Hyland, last year we were probably the opposite we seemed to be a stronger than second half team than first half team, and we seemed to have flipped the card over.”
“I think it’s as much as mental thing” declared Hyland, “I wouldn’t put it down to anything physical or fitness, we’ve created patches in games were we have been on top and we just haven’t put gaps between us and the opposition.”
“Then we have gone through patches of 10 minutes were we haven’t got a score on the board and we were probably staring to think, here we go again and their might be an element of that.”
“We’ve talked about in training during the week, because it’s very important that we get to end of the 70+ minutes.”
Shane Quinn sits Sunday’s game out after being sent-off against Offaly last week, but Hyland welcomed back goal scorer Ryan O’Rourke, although O’Rourke seems short of full match fitness.
“Ryan would have missed six weeks” explained Hyland, “where he would have done very little, mark Plunkett is the same, you have to remember that we are playing on very heavy pitches and the problems they have is muscular.”
“Heavy pitches play hard on those guys, you could see it in Ryan last week the last 10 minutes were tough on him, but unfortunately we had lost two guys to injuries and our hands were tied with what we could do.”
“It is what it and we are where we are, we would have loved to have them at the start of the league but we have them now!”
Louth v Leitrim
Sunday March 1st
Referee: Liam Devnney (Mayo)