‘Humiliated and hurt’ Rangers boss: ‘we were a disgrace’

Carrick Rangers boss David McAlinden
Carrick Rangers boss David McAlinden

Carrick Rangers boss David McAlinden admitted he was ‘humiliated and hurt’ following his side’s 4-0 thumping at the hands of Dungannon Swifts.

All of the goals came in the opening 45 minutes as Rodney McAree’s men ran riot at Stangmore Park on Saturday.

It left second-bottom Carrick 11 points and three places behind the Swifts.

“I didn’t think the result was harsh. I thought they put us to the sword in the first half,” McAlinden said.

“We were a disgrace. Our performance levels in the first half weren’t good enough, people didn’t take responsibility.

“I’m humiliated and hurt by what I saw today.

“There are no positives. Not even the second half, when we drew 0-0, when we’re only playing against a Dungannon side who have already won the game.

“I can’t take any positives at all, and that really hurts me to say that.

“We didn’t hold the ball up at the front, we didn’t get close enough in midfield, we didn’t stop the crosses, we didn’t track people in the box. How can you take positives after something like that?

“We need to stop conceding goals, we need to get back to becoming harder to beat. It’s as if some people have started to believe we’re not that bad a side, and have taken their eyes off the ball.

“Things have to change - urgently.”