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Peter Hutton isn't hitting panic button

Bray Wanderers 1-0 Derry City

By Eoin Wilson

Peter Hutton remains steadfast in his belief that he is the man to lead Derry City out of relegation trouble.

The Candystripes are in desperate danger near the foot of the Premier Division table following their 1-0 defeat at Bray Wanderers over the weekend.

It is now 10 games without a win for Derry, who have replaced Sligo Rovers in the relegation play-off spot - a worrying time for the club, but Hutton insisted that the team must stick together.

"There are various reasons why we are where we are but at the minute we have to stick together," he said. "I think we have enough quality in the squad to get us back up the table.

"It's not an ideal situation but it's the reality and we have to get on with it and we have to remain positive and focused."

It was the same old story for Derry at the Carlisle Grounds; an inability to convert their openings compounded by a sucker punch.

"Unfortunately, we didn't take our chances, particularly in the first-half," Hutton said. "They were very good chances, and goals change games and if we had scored one, we probably would have scored another and won the game. We were in the ascendency in the first-half but we didn't take the chances and got punished.

"I think the players thought it was going to be one of those days again; you could see the confidence slipping away from them."

There is now huge pressure on Hutton's shoulders as well as his players and anything other than a win over Limerick next weekend would be a disaster. The team needs a boost of confidence, and Hutton insists that it can only come from within.

"Every game now is massive and we have to start getting results," he added. "While it's difficult with confidence low in the boys they just have to get on with it. It's part and parcel of football and that's where they have to show their true character. We can't afford to feel sorry for ourselves, we have to stick together.

"I'm conscious that it's a young team but it's going to be a severe test of character. We're in a dogfight and this is where they have to stand up and be counted."

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