Derry City right-back, Simon Madden, said that Shamrock Rovers “were there for the taking” during Friday’s Airtricity Premier Division clash at the Brandywell.
Rovers, now managed by former Derry boss Stephen Kenny, took the lead when Ronan Finn scored in the 54th minute. The Hoops went on to win the game 1-0.
Friday’s loss was Derry fourth consecutive defeat at the Brandywell.
League champions Rovers were dumped out of the Champions League when they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Lithuanian side F.K. Ekranas on Wednesday.
“We are all very disappointed,” said Madden after the game.
“I think Shamrock Rovers were there for the taking tonight - especially with them only back from their long trip to Lithuania.
“I think we started the game well but in the end we didn’t create enough chances. It’s a disappointing result for us because it was a match we dearly wanted to win.”
Derry lost Patrick McEleney when he was stretchered off in the first half. The Journal understands that McEleney has injured knee ligament and could be unavailable for selection for up to six weeks.
“It was a big loss losing Paddy [McEleney] early on. Paddy is the creative spark in our team but I think that young Barry McNamee did well when he came on.
“We just couldn’t seem to get the final ball into the box and in the end we didn’t create enough chances.”
Dubliner Madden added: “Ryan [McBride] had a great chance to score towards the end but he missed. One of their players was all over Ryan’s back when he was trying to take the header but we didn’t score. We have to put it behind us and kick on now.”
The 24 year-old former Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk player said that he hopes the team can put the last four home defeats behind them and start concentrating on putting a string of results together.
“We have to start winning games and instead of picking up draws we have to win. Hopefully we can go on a bit of a run soon because we have had really bad luck lately.”
It is believed that Friday’s game was Derry stalwart Eddie McCallion’s last game for his hometown as he has been offered a two year deal with Irish Premier League side.
Madden described the 33 year-old right back as a “great player” and said that he will be missed.
“Eddie has been around for years. He’s been a great servant to this club and I wish him all the best. He’s a great player and a big character in the team. The club and the fans will certainly miss him.”