After a comprehensive win against Sligo Rovers, City assistant boss Hugh Harkin spoke to the media
“Delighted with the whole performance, every man gave their all and the energy and commitment they showed was fantastic”
“We were solid and kept playing.
Speaking about Rory Holden, who capped the victory with the last goal, the assistant boss was fill of praise.
“Great for the kid, he has been patience and waiting to come in. Barry McNamee and Aaron McEneff it is hard for the likes of kids to come in. He took his opportunity in the European games, and we just thought we needed a bit more experience against Sligo, that is why we started with Barry even though he just coming back from injury. However he took his goal really well and everyone is delighted for him”
“There will be no one more delighted than John Quigg or Eddie Seydak, or everyone at Top of Hill. Rory came as a young kid to play and he was a small boy and he has matured into a good young player.
Asked about Darren Cole, who made his debut, Harkin pointed the the various issues which have caused disruption at the heart of the Derry defence and the management’s hope that this will help to address the goals that City have been leaking, particularly from set pieces.
“Coming into the team he has a little bit of fitness to get back up to. It is an area that we have struggled in for well documented the problems we have had at centre half. We have probably conceded too many goals from set pieces and Darren has come in and he suits the way we play”
Another player than shone on the day was the returning Barry McNamee and Harkin pointed to the range of passing that the midfielder has and his ability to dictate the pace of games.
“You know what you get from Barry McNamee and we really missed his experience. Barry came in and gave his all and he dictates the pace of games, he knows when to speed it up and when it slow it down and his range of passing is fantastic.
City played out the last few mintues with ten minutes due an injury to Rory Patterson but the City assistant played down the issue.
“He came off as a precaution on the recommendation of the physio. He is totally fine and should be ready for St Pats on Friday”