A RESILIENT Peter Hutton insists he won’t walk away from his role as Derry City boss despite the club’s dismal winless league run and the mounting pressure from the terraces.
The struggling ‘Candy Stripes’ wasted a series of goalscoring chances during a dominant first half against Limerick on Friday night but Hutton refused to be despondent, claiming he was encouraged by the performance.
Stephen Dooley missed a glorious chance to give the home side the lead on the half hour mark while Limerick goalkeeper, Freddy Hall produced a superb finger-tipped save to deny Barry McNamee two minutes later.
It was Derry’s 11th league game without victory, however, the point meant Hutton’s troops moved off the relegation play-off spot as Sligo Rovers slumped to a 1-0 loss to Bohemians at Dalymount.
Despite a disappointing result, the Derry boss defiantly claimed he was ‘going nowhere’.
“The players are an honest bunch and if anything at the moment it’s just that lack of confidence,” said Hutton. “You can see that in their body language when they don’t take their chances. We just have to stick at it and our luck will turn. I’m going nowhere!”, he insisted.
“It (the criticism) goes with the territory now.
“It was almost a replicate of last week with the amount of very, very good chances we created and didn’t take.
“It’s very disappointing, it’s two points dropped given that I thought we dominated the game.
“A number of chances were gilt-edged and we need to be taking them. The longer the game went on you could see the confidence in the players slipping away.
“There’s a lot of positives, performance-wise, particularly first half. In the second half we lost our way a bit. We were playing into a very strong breeze
second half which didn’t help.
“Limerick changed it up a bit in the second half when Prince Agyemang came on and he was very affective screening the back four and that certainly helped them and he didn’t allow those through-balls into Patrick McEleney and Ryan Curran’s feet as much.
“We didn’t do as much second half but first half we were very patient and kept our composure and moved the ball about very well.
“We’re still waiting on that win. We’re not concerned about anybody else at the minute we have to make sure we’re doing the best for Derry City. We have to really stick together as a group. We believe in what we’re doing but it’s important we go out and show that week in week out and transfer that belief onto the pitch, particularly in the final third.
“I don’t think Gerard (Doherty) had very much to do and it’s in the final third we have to work a bit harder.
“I would be a lot more concerned if we weren’t creating chances. The fact we are creating a lot of chances shows we’re just missing the icing on the cake in terms of finishing.
“I’m pleased with a clean sheet and again we created numerous very good chances.
“When you don’t take your chances it affects players.”