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Devine calls on Derry squad to take learnings from defeat as Candystripes struggle for ruthless touch



Man on: Derry’s Cameron McJannet is tracked by Daryl Murphy

Man on: Derry’s Cameron McJannet is tracked by Daryl Murphy

Man on: Derry’s Cameron McJannet is tracked by Daryl Murphy

Declan Devine believes his young side will have to 'learn very quickly' with Derry City sitting bottom of the Premier Division after two games.

The Candystripes have lost their opening two games of the season for the first time since 2018, with Saturday's 2-1 loss to Waterford at the Brandywell the latest blow.

Despite Cameron McJannett's first goal for the club, Derry lost to goals from Shane Griffin and Oscar Brennan, both of which were gifted to the visitors.

City pummelled Waterford in the search for an equaliser, particularly in the second half, but could not find a way through, even playing against 10 men for the final 10 minutes following Brennan's late dismissal.

"I'm sick to the pit of my stomach," Devine said afterwards. "We've lost away at Longford and at home to Waterford and with the greatest respect Derry City should be winning those games.

"I thought we were so dominant in the game.

"We have created numerous opportunities, but we have given away two absolutely horrendous goals.

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"They haven't laid a finger on us to be honest. I don't think they even had two shots on target, never mind two goals and we've just made it so difficult for ourselves to win the match."

City are now bottom of the Premier Division after a dreadful start to the new campaign and the significance of that is not lost on Devine.

"We've come away with zero points from two games and that's down to the manager," he admitted.

"I take responsibility, but ultimately we have to get better than we were in terms of our defensive knowledge and our ability to keep a clean sheet.

"We still had three or four chances in the game and they have got to be taken.

There is little time for the Derry City players to wallow in regret with a difficult trip to St. Patrick's Athletic on the horizon, followed by the visit of champions Shamrock Rovers to the Brandywell. Their poor start has only added pressure to the upcoming games.

"I'm absolutely gutted not to take anything from the two games," Devine added.

"We certainly shouldn't be losing that game for the dominance that we had and the opportunities that we created, and for the lack of opportunities that they created, so it's very disappointing, but what do you do? You have got to keep going.

"We had three players out there over the age of 23 so we have got to learn and we have got to learn very quickly. They are all tough games in this league and the first two were very tough."

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