‘We didn’t take our chances”

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - January 24th 2012. ''Derry City V Dungannon Swifts Pre Season Friendly.''Derry manager Declan Devine.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - January 24th 2012. ''Derry City V Dungannon Swifts Pre Season Friendly.''Derry manager Declan Devine.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Derry City boss Declan Devine said that had his side had some luck on Friday evening they would have emerged with all three points.

Despite having a few chances to win the game Derry City had to settle for a share of the spoils with Martin Russell’s U.C.D.

Speaking after the game, Devine said that Friday’s performance against the Students was an improvement on last week’s defeat to Drogheda but added that he was disappointed with the final score.

“We didn’t score, I concede that, but I feel that we didn’t play poorly.

“We probably could have taken it up a notch. We had a few changes to make tonight. It was Eddie McCallion’s first start in the league and it was also Kevin Deery’s first start since returning from injury.

“I think we did ok but I also think that we could have done better. We worked hard and tried to win the game and we created a couple of opportunities but not enough. We would have liked to have got our noses in front but I can’t fault the way the players applied themselves tonight – I think they all worked very hard.”

He added: “I was pleased with the way we passed and moved the ball around at times and their goalkeeper made an outstanding save to deny Patrick [McEleney] a goal.

“Mark Farren also had a couple of chances and Rory Patterson had a chance too but it was just getting the ball into the back of the net tonight that was the problem.”

U.C.D. were tactically superior on Friday evening but Devine conceded that it was a fixture he was disappointed not to have won.

“U.C.D. are a good side but it’s still a fixture that we should be winning. We are disappointed that we didn’t win the match. I think had we scored one goal we probably would have gone on to score another one or two as well.

“We ended the game with seven attacking players on the pitch – we really went for it. In order to do that we had to sacrifice one of our defenders and we were a wee bit fortunate that they didn’t hit us on the counterattack.

“I felt we bossed the game from the start, I felt that we were in control and that’s the way it should be but I am disappointed we didn’t take one of our chances.”

Finn Harps

Derry take on Finn Harps in the league cup at Brandywell tomorrow afternoon.

“We want to go and win Monday’s game against Harps. Ruaidhri Higgins is going to be out for a period of time, Stewart Greacen is out for eight weeks, Shane McEleney won’t have any input on Monday’s game as he damaged ankle ligaments and as I said I think Kevin Deery will sit out the Harps game too.

“We’ll look at what we have but I’ll be picking a team that can win the game.

“We are in the semi-final of the Setanta Sports Cup so we want to add to that by beating Finn Harps and progressing to the quarter-final of the league cup on Monday. We are still a work in progress.”