Barry: Candystripes must knuckle down and get back to winning ways
Derry City v Bohemians, SSE Airtricity Premier Division: Maginn Park, Tonight, 7.45pm
Aaron Barry has said 'enough is enough' as Derry City go in search of their first win in eight games when they face Bohemians at Maginn Park this evening.
The Candystripes have failed to win a game since defeating Drogheda United 4-0 on March 18, but after four successive defeats they have shown signs of recovery of late, coming from behind in their last three games to snatch a point on each occasion.
But Barry, who is hoping the winless run finally ends this evening, insists that silly mistakes must be cut out at both ends of the pitch.
"We need to do better as a defence," he explained. "We conceded two goals at home to St. Pat's, and no disrespected to them, but they are not the Pat's of three or four years ago," he explained.
"It's just not good enough in my opinion; I'm to blame and the back four are to blame. If we are missing chances at one end, we know our job is to keep a clean sheet. We haven't kept a clean sheet in the last seven games which we're not happy about. From my point of view, we need to become solid again. We just need to do our job."
Barry dismisses the suggestion that his role at the back has changed since the tragic death of team-mate and friend Ryan McBride. Whilst he now is the senior centre-half in the City defence, he explained that his role has not changed dramatically.
"Ryan was the one who I let go and head and kick everything, but I was the one, out of the two of us, who would organise more," he stated.
"Ryan would shout at the other boys, but it hasn't changed my role. I think it took us a few games to get the central partnership right. Kenny tried a few boys in there but I think we're more solid with me and Jarvy and me over on the right."
That partnership with Dean Jarvis is still in its infancy, but Barry acknowledges that the inexperience in defence has played its part in recent results.
"We're not necessarily an old back four," he continued. "I've played a lot of games and I'm a natural centre-half but Jarvy is a full-back trying to do a job for the team, while the other full backs aren't even 20. It's tough for them because they are learning as they go. We just need to stay solid and the attackers need to do the same."
Meanwhile, City have parted company with Israeli defender Alon Netzer. The 23-year-old, who arrived at the club in late February, was brought in as last minute defensive cover ahead of the new season following the departures of both Niclas Vemmelund and Max Karner.
But 11 games into Derry's season, Kenny Shiels has decided that the Israeli is no longer in his plans for the future. Netzer and the club reached agreement on the remainder of his contract yesterday morning and the defender leaves the club having failed to appear even once for the Candystripes.