The Doc’s Prescription - Poor return but hopes still high

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - September 30th 2011. ''Airtricity League Premier Division. Derry City V Bray Wanderers.'Derry's Stephen McLaughlin fouled by Bray's Adam Mitchell.''Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - September 30th 2011. ''Airtricity League Premier Division. Derry City V Bray Wanderers.'Derry's Stephen McLaughlin fouled by Bray's Adam Mitchell.''Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

The vast bulk of Derry City fans will have looked at the fixture list and suggested that two home games against Drogheda and Bray would reap a six points return, so to end up with just two has been extremely disappointing.

In games like these the start and the first goal is considered vtially important, yet Derry have gone behind in both games.

The big difference in the two games, however, was that City never really created enough chances against Bray while, against Drogheda, Derry could have scored five or six goals.

The “Candy Stripes” appeared very one-paced against Bray and seemed unable to raise the pace of the game which meant that a well organised Pat Devlin side were fairly comfortable for most of the game.

Derry’s wide players were unable to get in behind the Bray back four and as City failed to dominate in midfieldscoring chances were always going to be at a premium. As the game progressed, and with their one goal advantage, Bray grew in confidence but never abandoned their defensive set-up.

Against Drogheda, Derry were quite superb in the second half, but on this occasion the pace and passion was missing. City could have had a penalty, but then again so could Bray, and there can be no complaints about only sharing the spoils.

The current team has given so much enjoyment this season and has put in such a huge amount of effort, so it would be a pity if results like these were to decide our eventual fate - but that’s football - there are no guarantees.