Derry City player Barry Molloy critiscised how he performed during Derry’s 2-0 defeat to St. Patrick’s Athletic at the Brandywell on Friday evening.
Molloy, who captained the team in place of the injured Kevin Deery, said he was disappointed with how he played and described the team’s display as “not good enough”.
“We are really disappointed because it was a really bad performance from ourselves,” he said.
“Obviously we are down a lot of bodies through injuries and suspensions but for the players on the pitch tonight, it just wasn’t good enough.
“In particular, I should have played much better - we are just very disappointed to be honest.
“Our league form has been really poor lately but that’s something we have to improve and work hard at.”
The 28 year-old midfielder went on to say that Liam Buckley’s St. Pat’s were in full control of the game and added that they deserved all three points.
“To be fair to St. Patrick’s Athletic they played really well. Their three midfielders in the centre of the pitch probably ran the show tonight. We just didn’t get tight enough and I think that it was the same all over the pitch. I think that they were just better than us tonight.
“We didn’t get to play our own kind of game and they were better than us in every area of the pitch tonight.
“Overall, they played a lot better football than us and they deserved their 2-0 win.”
The Candy Stripes take on Crusaders in the final of the Setanta Sports Cup next Saturday and Molloy said that if they are to stand any chance of walking away with the trophy they will have to improve quickly.
“We have a cup final next week so we need to pick ourselves up. There’s no better game to pick ourselves up from such a disappointing display.
“When we have such a disappointing result and performance like the one we had tonight the only thing that we can do is come into training again the next day, work hard and try to do the basics right again.”
The former Drogheda United player said that any player not able to improve ahead of next week’s showpiece “shouldn’t be playing football”.
“But as I said we have a big cup final next week so if you can’t pick yourself up for the kind of game then you shouldn’t be playing football.
He added: “I think that there will be a lot of talking done over the next few days in terms of what went wrong.
“But we have to draw a line under what happened here tonight at some stage because we have to work towards what Saturday represents.”