Eamon will bounce back - McCallion

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Derry City defender Eddie McCallion believes that team-mate Eamon Zayed will bounce back after missing a penalty during his Brandywell debut against Sligo Rovers on Friday evening.

Libyan international Zayed had the opportunity to score his first goal for his new club just before half-time but the 27-year-old hit his penalty straight at Sligo goalkeeper Brendan Clarke.

“I have doubt that Eamon will put tonight’s game behind him,” said McCallion. “I think he did really well tonight. He was always looking for the ball and some of the passes he made were just brilliant; Eamon is going to be a really good player for us this season, I have no doubt about that.

“Obviously he’s disappointed about missing the penalty but when we travel to play UCD next week it’ll not be a problem for him.”

The 32-year-old defender said that he thought Derry had played well and were unlucky not to score towards the end.

“It took us about 25 minutes to settle into the game and towards the end of the first we looked good. We created a lot of chances and we were unfortunate not to go in at the break one goal up. I also think that we showed great character after that too and it was disappointing to lose the game to a late goal. We showed real integrity to the very end and I think that young David McDaid was unlucky not to snatch an equaliser in injury time.”

He added: “Although they [Sligo Rovers] had their chances, we had ours too. Everyone will be talking about the penalty but we created goal scoring chances before and after that happened; I don’t think we have anything to worry about. It didn’t go our way tonight and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves because we have a big game against UCD next week.”