Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon believes his side were worthy of all three points as they were held at home by Derry City. In a game of few chances, the Drogs were denied twice in quick succession by the excellent Ger Doherty with Mahon adamant
Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon believes his side were worthy of all three points as they were held at home by Derry City.
In a game of few chances, the Drogs were denied twice in quick succession by the excellent Ger Doherty with Mahon adamant that his side need to be more clinical in front of goal.
“It’s been the same old story for us this season,” Mahon explained post-match. “I think that’s four games in a row now where we’ve failed to score and that’s obviously a concern.
“Usually against a side with the quality of Derry City you’d be happy to create one decent chance but we had three last night and didn’t take them.
Drogheda have the worst goal difference in the league but Mahon has been buoyed by successive clean sheets against Bray Wanderers and Derry City.
“We had a shocker down in Cork a week ago and then we went back to basics with the back five of last season against Bray.
“We were disrupted again tonight with Colm Deasy pulling up before the game and then losing Stephen McGuinness early on but the lads who came in were excellent.
“I’m hoping that our improvement in defence can be the foundation for us to build on going forward.”
The contest was called to an eight-minute halt early on as Drogheda goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness was attended to following a nasty collision before being replaced by Ryan Coulter.
“I think we were all a little worried when it happened. Thankfully Stephen was discharged last night after undergoing tests and a lot of credit should be given to our club doctor and physio for the treatment he received.”
A draw leaves Drogheda a point outside the relegation zone though they face a potential six pointer away to Bohemians next week in the final game before the mid-season break.
“Every game is going to be a big one between now and the end of the season but there’s definitely a little bit extra riding on next week.
“Finn Harps have shown everyone what a couple of wins will do for you as they’ve shot up in the league but we’re still in the mix.
“If we match our performance levels from both games this week, I don’t think we’re too far away from a run of wins and climbing away from the dreaded relegation zone.”