Derry City’s Eddie McCallion believes now is not the time to panic, as Cork City visit the Brandywell tonight.
The Candystripes, who were at one stage this season a massive 13 points clear at the top of the Aritricity First Division, are now just seven points ahead of Monaghan United, following last Friday evening’s defeat to Mick Cooke’s side.
However the defender believes that defeat could be a blessing in disguise.
“To be honest maybe the defeat against Monaghan is the kick up the backside we need, because we haven’t been playing well in recent weeks,” explained McCallion.
“However I don’t feel we need to panic, at the end of the day we are still seven points clear and if we can remain unbeaten in our next three matches against Cork, Limerick and Waterford then we’ll be in a great position to win the league.
“There are no doubts in our dressing room that we can bounce back from last week’s defeat and we have proved it already this season whenever we lost at Waterford, we went on a long unbeaten run, so hopefully we can do that again.”
The 31-year-old also concedes that, despite not playing well in a number of weeks, there are quite a few other clubs who would love to be in Derry’s current position.
“A lot of people maybe outside our dressing room didn’t think we would be in this position at the start of the season.
“Teams have made it harder for us but we need to start getting back to closing sides down and working hard whenever we don’t have the ball and then expressing ourselves the way we did earlier in the season, whenever we have the ball and I feel whenever we start doing that again we’ll be alright.”