Following Friday night’s defeat, St. Pat’s boss, Pete Mahon, claimed that Derry City had now entered the race for the title and with the momentum with the “Candy Stripes,” he suggested that Stephen Kenny’s men had every chance of winning the race.
“To be perfectly honest, I thought the league title would be a two horse race between Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers but Derry City have now come up on the blind-side and they have the momentum.
“I can’t see them losing matches here at the Brandywell, so if they can pick up points away from home, then I don’t think they’ll be far off come the end of the season,” claimed the Dubliner.
Looking back on the match, Mahon agreed that defensive mistakes had cost his side dearly.
“I thought we were okay in the first half, I thought it was even enough. However, in the second half Derry, to be fair, started a lot better than we did. They had us on the back-foot and we rode our luck a little bit at times but the whole match changed when the goal arrived.
“And it was a crazy goal from our point of view. We lost possession wide on the right, a long ball was sent into the box and our defender experienced a moment of madness. He tried to chest the ball back to the keeper but it fell short and that knocked the stuffing out of us.
“And the second goal was an own goal, so a Happy Christmas to all Derry City supporters and all the team.
“The result sets us back a bit. Derry have the momentum now while we appear to have hit the wall a little bit. Over the last four games we’ve had three draws and a defeat, so three points is a very poor return for us.
“We’ve now got to re-group, we have Drogheda next week and Galway then the following week so we have to get back and stop conceding silly goals like those we conceded tonight. I mean those goals would kill any team,” he lamented.
No Excuses Offered
“The European distraction would be making excuses, but that’s a distant memory now almost two weeks ago, so we’ve had time to recover from that. I’m not using that as an excuse because that would be doing a dis-service to Derry.
“To be fair to them, Derry have taken advantage with other teams involved in Europe and they weren’t involved in the Setanta Cup either while other teams were and got bogged down with all the fixtures.
“I think that was our 39th game this year. But good luck to Derry City. Sometimes you need a little bit of luck to fall for you and I certainly have no problem with that,” he concluded.