Derry City captain Kevin Deery claims that his team were denied a “stonewall” penalty against U.C.D. at the Brandywell on Friday evening.
Friday’s game was Deery’s first start for the Candy Stripes since recovering from a calf injury.
“I feel we were denied a stonewall penalty when one of their defenders came over the top of Mark [Farren],” said Deery after the game.
“Had the incident happened anywhere else on the pitch it would have been given as a free-kick.
“I think Eddie [McCallion] was penalised for something similar during the game so I don’t understand that if it’s a foul against Eddie then how cannot it not be a foul against their player? I don’t know what we are going to have to do to get a penalty.”
The 27 year-old midfielder went on to say that although disappointed not to have picked up three points he did notice an improvement in the team’s performance from last week against Drogheda.
“My initial reaction to tonight’s game is that it’s an improvement on how we performed last weekend but that aside we still want to win at home to U.C.D. no matter what way you look at.
“I am not too disheartened but obviously we want to be winning all of our home games because we want to turn the Brandywell into a place where teams come and get nothing out of games.
“But in saying that it’s the first points we have lost at home this season and I don’t know if everyone will agree with me but I definitely don’t think that it was our worst performance.
He continued: “I do think there were positives to be taken from the game. We had a couple of good chances and we kept the ball well but U.C.D. had a game plan tonight and that was sit in and try and hit us on the counterattack.
“I think had we taken one of our chances tonight I would be standing talking to you about a different result but there’s nothing we can do about it now. We have to concentrate on the positives and look to see what it is we can improve on.”
The scoreless draw with Martin Russell’s team means that Derry slip to fifth in the Airtricity League of Ireland Premier Division and are six points behind league leaders Sligo Rovers.
Declan Devine’s team take on Finn Harps in the league cup at the Brandywell tomorrow afternoon. (Kick-off: 2.30pm)
Deery said that he hoped that with Monday being a bank holiday that it would ensure a good attendance for the North West derby.
“We have to galvanise one another because Friday night is gone and we don’t dare to lose against Finn Harps on Monday.
“I know that it’s a league cup fixture but we have won the league cup a good few times so we will be giving it our all to make it past Finn Harps.
“I just hope that with the game taking place on Easter Monday afternoon that Finn Harps and Derry City will get the vibe that both teams deserve.”