Candystripes manager Kenny Shiels was livid with his squad last night after they suffered their second 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bray Wanderers. Derry City pulled Bray Wanderers back twice but failed to take the lead at any point at the Carlisle G
Candystripes manager Kenny Shiels was livid with his squad last night after they suffered their second 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bray Wanderers.
Derry City pulled Bray Wanderers back twice but failed to take the lead at any point at the Carlisle Grounds and Kenny Shiels felt his team let a big opportunity go to waste.
The Candystripes dropped down two positions to fifth place and Shiels refused to blame the midseason break for The Foylesiders hapless defeat.
“Not at all, no, definitely nothing to do with it,” Shiels said.
“They fought to get the result. They had five players down in the second half injured because they were happy with a draw and their players kept going down getting treatment, which obstructed the flow of the game.
“These are not excuses, it’s just the way it was, and I’m really disappointed we didn’t win the game because we got ourselves in control and got domination of the ball, it’s so hard to take, “ Shiels added.
Derry City failed to defend three Bray set pieces and it cost them dearly, something Shiels seethed about after the final whistle.
“We should have won the game,” Shiels said. “But if you can’t defend set pieces then you may forget it because there is more to football than playing the game, there is the defending set-pieces and if people are given jobs, specific jobs to do, and they don’t do them, then we have to ask questions.
“It was done on the training ground yesterday, they were given the potential players to pick up and two goals they don’t do it, it’s really disappointing,” he said.
Shiels has missed Rory Patterson in the forward line since April and he blamed a lack of killer instinct as the reason for his side not winning the game on Friday night.
“We kicked on to a certain extent but not to the full capacity and I thought we would’ve gone on to win the game, but we just didn’t have that killer instinct, or whatever you want to call it, we didn’t go and finish the job and then they get a corner kick.
“They were playing for a point and then they get a corner and score from it, which was diabolical, the exact same has happened up at Maginn Park, the same player has scored it right at the end, and I’m totally flabbergasted by that,” he added.
The defeat left Shiels very frustrated with some of his players after the final whistle and the Derry City manager said he would have no choice but to drop players if some members of the squad couldn't follow simple instructions.
“We do everything we can to prepare them, what’s the point if they can’t carry out the information, it’s a disgrace, it’s letting the club down, it’s letting their fellow teammates down.
“We cannot let it happen, we go over this time and time again, and I’m sorry, we’ll just have to drop players if they can’t take on information."