GALWAY UNITED manager, Tommy Dunne (below) was critical of his side’s decision making on Friday night which he felt cost the ‘Tribesmen’ the game against a rampant Derry City.
The ‘Candy Stripes’ netted four second half goals as they blew away their opposition at Eamon Deacy Park but Dunne felt the goals were avoidable.
Following a ‘scrappy’ first half Dunne was of the opinion that the first goal would prove vital and when Derry City substitute Ciaran O’Connor netted on 53 minutes there was no way back for Galway.
Dunne felt his thin-bare squad were also feeling the effects of their EA Sports Cup heroics from the previous Monday night when they dumped Dundalk out in the semi-finals after extra-time and penalties.
“It was on the end of a tough week for us, “said a disappointed Dunne. “I thought the first half was scrappy from both sides and it wasn’t a great game.
“We were well in the match and the first goal was always going to be key in the match,” he added. “When we didn’t get the first goal it was always going to be an uphill battle. There was mistakes here and there and next thing we know we’re 3-0 down.
“It’s basic decision making and it cost us the game,” he claimed.
The heavy defeat drags Galway back into the relegation mix as Derry replaced them in eighth place with the Tribesmen falling to 10th just six points ahead of second from bottom Sligo Rovers.
However, Dunne claims nothing has changed with regards his side’s survival chances.
“The result hasn’t changed anything,” said the Galway boss. “We know we’re in a scrap. We go to Dalymount next Friday and we really need to get back focussed and go again.
“We’re struggling a bit with bodies and are having to over extend a few people which causes a few problems.
“But we have no excuses for Friday’s result. We didn’t do the right things in the second half and Derry,when they got their opportunities, took them well.”