Devine refuses to get carried away

Bray Wanderers vs Derry City: Rory Patterson scores from a penalty
Bray Wanderers vs Derry City: Rory Patterson scores from a penalty

Derry City manager Declan Devine is refusing to get carried away after his team beat Bray Wanderers 4-0 at the Carlisle Grounds on Friday evening.

Devine, 38, said that whilst he was delighted with the three points, his players must focus on getting a result against Shelbourne in Tolka Park next Friday.

“I was delighted with how the players reacted on Friday night,” Devine told the Sunday Journal.

“A few people criticised how we performed against Bohemians last Friday and against Linfield on Monday but what they have to realise is that it was the first few games of the season - there’s always going to be nerves.

“Some of the players answered the questions on Friday night and we’re pleased with how we performed.

“It’s always tough to go to the Carlisle Grounds and come away with a result but to come away with a 4-0 win is just brilliant.

“The players deserve the credit but they know that as soon as they left the dressing room it was all over because we have to do it all over again against Shelbourne next week.”

Two goals from Rory Patterson and one a piece from David McDaid and Stewart Greacen ensured that the Candy Stripes emerged from the Carlisle Grounds with all three points.

“Rory Patterson is a full international. We knew we had to bring quality to replace Eamon Zayed.

“And Rory brings that to the table. He’s a winner, he’s a leader. He works hard and now we have fantastic options up front with Rory, Mark Farren, David McDaid and to a certain extent Patrick McEleney.

“The great thing about Rory is his work ethic. He is one of the game’s better pros. People failed to realise that everywhere Rory Patterson has been he has scored goals and I see it no different coming to Derry City.

“If we can provide the service, I’m a firm believer that your centre forward is only as good as the service that they get.

“And I felt that Rory Patterson would have been the first on Friday night to hold his hand up and say that some of the football we played at times played into his hands. It was a great pass from Patrick McEleney who put him through for his second goal.”

Although Derry’s league campaign is only two games old Devine will be certainly delighted with the fact that his team have claimed maximum points and have kept two clean sheets.

“I am very proud of the players. They are working very hard. I still think we can improve and get fitter but with the dedication coming from the players I have no doubt that we’ll get stronger. They are a pleasure to work with.”

Devine said that as long as his players are winning football matches he won’t complain but conceded that they’ll have a tough game against Dublin side Shelbourne next Friday night.

“When I first became manager I said that I wanted us to go to difficult venues and come away with good results.

“In terms of tough venues they don’t come much tougher than Tolka Park.

“Shelbourne look like a decent team this season and we’ll have to be at our best to come away with a result. But I believe in this bunch of players and I know that if we play to our full potential we can do it.”