Bittersweet night for Derry City's Cameron McJannet

Defender Cameron McJannet was bitterly disappointed after Derry City’s undeserved loss to Waterford, on Saturday night.

By Kevin McLaughlin
Monday, 5th April 2021, 6:00 am
Cameron McJannet scored his first goal for Derry City, in Saturday night's loss to Waterford.
Cameron McJannet scored his first goal for Derry City, in Saturday night's loss to Waterford.

The centre-back, who scored his first goal for the club, was City’s best player who on many occasions came out of the back and became a real attacking threat during the 90 minutes but he acknowledged the goals they conceded were poor.

“It’s a bit of a heart break to be honest, because we did so well, but the goals we gave away are just unforgivable,” he insisted.

“For all the hard work we did today and starting to have a bit of an identity of how we want to play, but you are going to get nothing from this league if you give away the goals that we gave away.”

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The 22-year-old felt the Candy Stripes could take positives from the defeat and he felt they played a whole lot better than their opening night loss at Longford Town and he wants Derry to take that performance on to St Patrick’s Athletic this Friday evening.

“I know the result doesn’t show it, but it was a step forward performance wise,” he conceded.

“I felt tonight we were on top for the whole game but lost it, so we have to learn from the mistakes, take the positives from the game and move on.

“We know it’s going to be tough but we are sticking together and we’ll be looking to bring another good performance to Pat’s and hopefully get a result.”

McJannet was happy to get his first goal, but admitted it won’t live long in the memory bank because of the result.

“At the time it was nice to score my first goal, because I felt partly to blame for the first goal,” he explained.

“So yeah at the time it felt nice as it got the boys back into the game, but it feels a bit negative now because it doesn’t really count for anything.”

The former Stoke City starlet, who played in midfield at Town on the opening night, moved back into his more natural centre-back position and really thrived in the left side of the Derry back three alongside Eoin Toal and Danny Lupano.

“It was nice to step in and take the ball forward and as the game went on they were getting deeper and deeper, so I just thought that I have to step into the space further up the pitch and try to get balls into the box, but unfortunately it didn’t work out in the end,” he conceded.

“If the space is there then yes Declan (Devine) does encourage us to get forward, but to be fair I think anyone would step in and try to get as many men forward as possible.”