Derry City boss Stephen Kenny says that “naivety” and “inexperience” cost his side two points after drawing 2-2 with Drogheda United at Hunky Dorys Park on Friday evening.
Derry took the lead when Libyan International Eamon Zayed scored his first goal for the Candystripes in the 6th minute. Midfielder Gareth McGlynn gave Derry a two goal lead in the second half but Stephen Kenny’s team were forced to leave Drogheda with a share of the spoils when both Colin O’Brien and Martin Freeman netted for the Boynesiders.
“We definitely left points behind in Drogheda,” said Kenny yesterday evening. “It was a combination of naivety and inexperience but we definitely left points behind.”
He continued: “It was a game that we really should have won. We were kicking ourselves after the match and to have played so well throughout and then concede two goals is just very disappointing.
“We made a few silly mistakes and Drogheda punished us.”
Although clearly disappointed with the Drogheda result Kenny still managed to take positives from the game.
“It was great to see Eamon [Zayed] scoring his first goal for Derry - he took his chance very well. I was also pleased with Gareth McGlynn’s goal - it was an amazing strike.”
Kenny welcomed the return to action of Derry City captain Kevin Deery and hinted that winger James McClean could be close to returning to first team action.
“Kevin Deery started the game which was great and I also think that James McClean is not too far away from full fitness.”
Derry’s next game is against league leaders Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell next Friday. Kenny said that lessons will have to be learned from Friday’s game with Drogheda but added that he is confident his team can beat anyone in the league.
“Shamrock Rovers have a great squad and we will have to be top of our game but I have no doubt that on our day, we can beat anyone in this league.”
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