Derry City manager Declan Devine said that he felt “disheartened” when his team conceded a late equaliser to Dundalk at Oriel Park on Friday evening.
Devine praised his team for the way in which they applied themselves throughout their encounter with the Lilywhites but said that the home sides late goal was a “kick in the teeth”.
“I thought every player in the team played extremely well,” said Devine.
“Right through from defence to attack, every player did their job. We have hit the woodwork three times and only scored one goal. We make one mistake an we are punished for it - it’s a real kick in the teeth.”
Derry enjoyed the majority of share of possession throughout the game and took the lead in the 74th minute when David McDaid slotted past Peter Cherrie.
With minutes remaining it looked like Derry would return back to the Brandywell with three valuable points but Dundalk club captain, Chris Shields, guided the ball past Gerard Doherty with three minutes remaining.
“It would have been nice to have got all three points but we didn’t and we have to put it behind us now,” said Devine.
“We have Shamrock Rovers next week so we have to prepare and make sure that we are ready.”
Friday’s game saw a return to action for striker Mark Farren who has been unavailable for selection because of a long term injury.
“It was great to see Mark Farren back and hopefully he’ll continue to improve in training this week.
“It’s also great to see Barry Molloy back playing. Molloy is invaluable to this club and when he doesn’t play we miss him big time.”