AARON Callaghan challenged the decision of referee, Neil Doyle, when he produced “an immediate red card” to midfielder, Adam Martin, a decision the Bohs’ boss claimed was ridiculous in the extreme.
ARTHUR DUFFY reports
And he also claimed that the loss of the player totally changed the pattern of the game in the second half.
However, Callaghan was not disappointed with the effort put in my his charges who, he said, had “stood up to a good Derry City team in what was a competitive first half showing.”
But he rounded on the match official afterwards: “The sending off was an atrocious decision to say the least,” he blasted.
“The player made a genuine attempt to win the ball. I was amazed that the referee had his red card out so quickly and that decision changed the game as far as I was concerned.
“From that point onwards, we were always going to be up against it and I still can’t believe Adam (Martin) was sent off for that challenge,” he added.
Callaghan held the view that neither side had dominated the opening period. “I thought the first half was even despite the fact that Derry probably created more scoring chances, but my players stood up to the challenge and I’m very proud of the effort each and every one of them put in.
“But the momentum changed after the sending-off and when Derry scored minutes into the second half we were always going to be in trouble.
“We were forced into a number of tactical changes after the goal and while we tried hard to get an equaliser, we failed to trouble their keeper enough in the second half. We had one great chance but, while we huffed and puffed, it just wasn’t going to be our night and I’m disappointed from that point of view.
“My lads were absolutely terrific and I’m deighted the our overall performance. They were outstanding and the attitude and commitment levels were good. Every one of my players was fantastic.
“Overall, I didn’t think we deserved to lose the game and, if that ridiculous sending-off had not occurred, then who knows what would have happened in the second half.
“We threw caution to the wind during the final 15 minutes, but we always knew that Derry would continue to create chances with the extra man
“We may be inexperienced in certain areas, but this was only our third competitive game. We’ve had two tough matches in the Setanta Cup and we got the right results against Portadown. Our performances have improved in each game and while we didn’t get the result against Derry City, the performance was fantastic and we can take nothing put positives from our game at the Brandywell which has always been a difficult venue for travelling teams,” claimed Callaghan.
“If we can maintain the level of performance that we did against Derry, then I’ll be a very happy manager.”