Derry City boss Peter Hutton asks young players to ‘man-up’

Shaun Patton is stretchered off last week
Shaun Patton is stretchered off last week

Hot on the heels of last weekend’s embarrassment at the Brandywell, Peter Hutton has asked his young players to “man up” as they travel to Oriel Park for Friday night’s visit to Premier Division champions Dundlak.

And with regular goalkeeper Gerard Doherty struggling to make the starting line-up due to a back problem, the Derry boss does not have his sorrows to seek.

“Gerard had a scan on his back on Monday, and while it did show a bit of wear and tear, he’s still experiencing back pain,” claimed Hutton.

“He’s extremely doubtful and his fitness will be decided by our medical people.”

Reserve keeper Shaun Patton, who entered the fray as a substitute last week, was stretchered off following a clash of heads which required nine stiches.

“Shaun was back in training on Wednesday. He’s had stitches inserted in his head so we’ll wait and see how things are with both of our keepers before the match,” added Hutton.

Stephen Dooley (hamstring) and Patrick McEleney (groin) remain on the long-term list.

Seeking a response after Friday night’s dismal display against Galway, Hutton was upbeat.

He continued: “Getting a response from the team is what we want, both individually and collectively and, to be fair to them we’ve had a very good week on the training ground.

“The players realise they will be travelling to face the champions and that’s all the motivation they need.

“Having been booed off the pitch last Friday night, some of them looked very hurt in the dressing room.

“Very few of them have experienced such a situation.

“However, they realise they let themselves and our supporters down.

“It’s another lesson for them and they must work harder both in training and in matches, individually and collectively and, to be fair, we’ve already had a response on the training ground.”