ALTHOUGH Ollie Horgan was keen to look forward, a decision from Monday’s defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic rankled the Finn Harps manager this week.
Horgan’s Harps have won just twice in their last 13 outings and have slipped to eighth in the standings.
Harps welcome Longford Town, the Division’s basement side, to Finn Park on Friday night.
“Of course we need to try and get something out of it,” Horgan told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub.
“They’re a damned good side, as are all teams in the Premier Division.
“They ran riot up in Dundalk and got a draw up there. They have some very fine ball players and they’ll be a handful to get anything out of.
“They’re a very, very good side. They’re in the Premier Division on merit. They could do serious damage to better sides than us, as they showed against Dundalk.”
Mark Russell’s departure leaves Horgan down another body with his squad already appearing stretched due to injuries of late.
However, the Harps boss suggested that Russell’s move back to Scotland – where he has signed for Greenock Morton – opens the door for others.
He said: “People come and go. The likes of Ryan Rainey, who has waited for his turn and his time, finished as strong as he started. He’ll get an opportunity with the likes of Mark going.”
All the while, it was evident that the decision not to award Tunde Owolabi a penalty while Monday’s game was 0-0 continued to irk. Harps lost the game 4-1, with Ronan Coughlan’s opener coming just after Owolabi was denied.
Horgan said: “We played as well as we played away from home, but we had a penalty, somehow, denied at nil-all and we conceded one two minutes after it. It’s gone and much and all as it hurts we have to move on.”