Derry City manager Declan Devine praised the club’s fans after his side beat Bohemians 1-0 at the Brandywell on the opening day of the season on Friday.
“The crowd was fantastic tonight and I want the players to play in front of that amount of people every week - it’s what they deserve,” said Devine afterwards.
“We would have liked the team to have played a bit better but hopefully the crowd will come back and help us along because it’s what we need.
“It’s important that the crowd gets behind the team because it’s a team of local players.
“I’d say that eight of the players that started tonight watched and cheered on Derry from the terraces before they started playing for the club.
“There’s great passion out there and hopefully the supporters will continue to give the local players credit and support.
“They are a fantastic bunch of players to work with. They are totally dedicated. I have players at this club working in Tescos and other jobs who could have signed for other clubs but they didn’t, they stayed here to play for the club that they love, Derry City.
“Full credit to them and hopefully the local people will continue to back them.”
Bohemians were reduced to ten men when Adam Martin was sent off just before half-time but the Candy Stripes took the lead shortly after the restart when Stephen McLaughlin headed past Craig Sexton from close range.
“It was a difficult game but I am delighted with the win.
“I watched Bohemians in the lead up to this fixture and I have to say that I was very impressed by them.”