'Even though results haven’t gone well lately, we’re still in three competitions' - Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Kenny

Hoops boss shrugs off Champions League loss after witnessing his side lose 2-1 to FK Ekranas and reminds frustrated fans that his side are still in contention for three trophies
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Kenny has responded to criticism directed at him by a section of the Hoops support following the club's away defeat to FK Ekranas in the Champions League.

The Tallaght club took a 0-0 draw to Lithuania but a 2-1 defeat ensured that they were knocked out of European competition.

“It’s a fans driven club and much has been invested in it,” Kenny told the Irish Times, “they have been used to success in last two seasons."

He continued: “I can understand their frustrations. That’s part of life, when people put so much time and emotion into things and they can get frustrated when they don’t go well."

Nevertheless, the former Derry City boss is adamant that his side still have a chance of winning the league.

“The reality is even though results haven’t gone well lately, we’re still in three competitions. If we win on Friday we will narrow the deficit on Sligo to seven points and we’ve to play them twice,” he said.

Kenny admitted that his side were second-best, describing the team's passing as 'erratic' and that too many mistakes were made.

“There is no doubt Ekranas created a lot more chances than us on the night,” said Kenny. “The first goal was always going to be important. If we’d got it they would have had to score twice."

He added: “To lose a goal before half-time was a blow. But we didn’t pass the ball well enough. Our passing was erratic and we made some mistakes.

“Over the two legs we created more chances, we had five or six in first leg. Ekranas on the night got the upper hand and we can’t deny that,” concluded the Dubliner.