McClean: “Waterford were awful and it’s unacceptable”

Waterford defender Patrick McClean has branded the club’s opening weekend performance awful and unacceptable, and wants the team to improve to apologise to their fans.

Having signed a large number of players, including the former Derry City man, Waterford were tipped to romp to the SSE Airtricity First Division title, but slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Athlone Town.

McClean vowed to be better and admitted that the team as a whole were disappointed with the performance and the result.

“We were awful and it’s unacceptable,” McClean told the Waterford News & Star. “It was awful and I apologise to the fans that travelled for that. It wasn’t acceptable and we know that. We were lacking all over the field and that’s the disappointing thing.

“We all came up here looking for three points but performances like that aren’t going to win you any games to be honest. Our decision making was poor and needs to be a lot better. I’m disappointed for the fans because they are behind us and they deserve better.

“Maybe there was some hype on us before the game but that’s not an excuse for how we played. We never got into the game. We can use the pitch as an excuse but that shouldn’t be used. It wasn’t the ideal night for the game with the power failure and that but our decision making on the field needs to be better

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