Doc’s Prescription - Agony continues for frustrated Derry City

Derry City manager Peter Hutton pictured during his side's 4-2 loss to Bohemians in Dublin.
Derry City manager Peter Hutton pictured during his side's 4-2 loss to Bohemians in Dublin.

DERRY City’s agony continued on Friday night when losing 4-2 to Bohemians in what was an amazing game at Dalymount Park.

The proceedings on the pitch will certainly have been acknowledged by the footballing purist but for supporters of the “Candy Stripes” there will be very little comfort from the positives.

In short, the Brandywell side urgently require a league win to lift their battered spirits.

However, it must also be noted that Derry’s prominence in the game failed to materialise until after they had fallen 4-0 in arrears. Therefore, I also think it’s fair to assume that the Dubliners had eased off somewhat by that stage of the game.

Still, just like any other job, it’s now all about returning to the training ground and starting to focus and prepare for the visit of Longford Town to the Brandywell this Friday night.

And it may be well be a cliche, but there are no “magic bullets” to cure Derry City’s current problems.

Everything comes down to hard work and, fingers crossed, a much needed “rub of the green.” Indeed, the only people who can get the club out of the mess it’s in are the manager, the backroom staff and, of course, the playing staff.

Meanwhile, as expected, all the Irish teams competing in European football have since departed the scene for this season.

League of Ireland champions, Dundalk, certainly made it difficult for their highly rated visitors, Bate Borisov and although the Belarus club had created more chances than the “Lilywhites,” Dundalk were always in with an outside chance of going through.

The big leveller on this occasion was the pitch which, I felt, slowed the visitors’ passing game down but, then again, I really don’t believe it has helped Stephen Kenny’s side either give their quality.

It’s not the principle of playing on a plastic pitch that most teams object to, but the fact that the Oriel Park surface is now considered a very poor version of what’s now available.

I also believe that the current Dundalk team would be even more formidable on a good quality passing surface so maybe with the European money in the bag, the powers that be at Oriel Park will visit the possibility of upgrading their surface in the near future.