HAVING lashed out at his playing staff following Friday night’s embarrassing display against Drogheda at the Brandywell, Declan Devine refused to hide his disappointment.
Indeed, he also rejected suggestions that the current injury crisis at the Brandywell would provide an excuse for the shock 3-0 reversal.
“We didn’t lose this game because of injuries, we lost it due to very poor defending,” declared Devine after the final whistle.
“We’ve been conceding very poor goals over recent weeks and against Drogheda all three of their goals were of our own making. If truth be told, we were very easily beaten in this game,” he added.
“We didn’t defend properly for our first goal and were punished. For the second goal, one of our defenders got a foot to the ball yet played it into the path of an opponent.
“And for the third goal, well that was just ridiculous,” he blasted.
“Our injury list cannot be used as an excuse for this performance.
“I felt the team we put out against Drogheda was definitely capable of winning the game. And if we had defended better, I think we would have given ourselves a chance of getting something out of the fixture.”
Describing the performance as “totally unacceptable,” the Derry boss claimed his players had let themselves down.
“The reality of the situation is that we believed we had players performing against Drogheda who were more than capable of doing so. However, due to basic schoolboy errors and, I might add, a lack of character, we lost this game which is very disappointing.”
Compounding the injury problems at the club comes the news that Patrick and Shane McEleney were both substituted due to injury worries while keeper, Gerard Doherty, was clearly in difficulty throughout the second half.
Doherty, who appeared to be struggling with his kick-outs, remained “between the sticks” for the duration of the game and, indeed, he pulled off a superb stop near the end to stop Drogheda enjoying an even more comprehensive victory.
“Michael Barr was also taken off due to cramp, but we’ll wait and see how the injuries are before making any decisions over the weekend.
“Patrick sustained a dead leg which was disappointing as I felt he was one of our best players. He was deployed in the centre of midfield due to our injuries, it’s a position that he’s not used to playing and for a boy who actually gets questioned for his workrate, I thought he was outstanding on the night,” concluded Devine.