KENNY Shiels insists that Derry City are in a transition period following disapproving scenes at the Brandywell after their 1-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers on Saturday evening.
Booing could be heard echoing around the Brandywell at full-time and the Derry City manager said those antics were ‘bang out of order’ towards a side who had an average age of 23 in their starting 11 against Stephen Bradley’s Rovers.
“There were people who were booing the young lads off the pitch at the end, which is bang out of order,” he said. “I don’t mind if it is a really poor or inept performance but once again we are in transition.
“People have to understand that we are very much in transition, I don’t want to go through the players that we have lost because it sounds like excuses, but to lose Rory Patterson and Ronan Curtis in one fell swoop during the summer took a big hole out of our skeleton squad.
“I have a multitude of things I could mention but it is very difficult and we are working very hard to get players through.”
Shiels also urged fans to stay patient, pointing out the number of young talent City have coming through the academy.
“We have two young players on three-year contracts and we have Eoin Toal and Sam Todd, who is coming back at the end of the season, we have a lot of stuff to build on there and I feel inspiration from that and I need that from people of the city. They have to recognise what we are trying to achieve.”
Speaking about Derry City’s fourth league defeat in a row, he said: “It was a fantastic performance again (by Derry City) but it just wasn’t to be.
Danny Carr appeared to be offside, but upon review, the Rovers goalscorer was, in fact, onside and Shiels revealed he has discussed the decision with the official following the conclusion of the game. He said: “It was a marginal decision and I’m not going to criticize the linesman because he was adamant when I discussed it with him that it was offside, so I’ll take his word for it because he spoke to me, which is new.”