Finn Harps sit bottom of the Irish Premier Division following a 4-0 dismal derby defeat against Derry City at the Brandywell on Friday night and Ollie Horgan was less than impressed with his outfit.
Following the 4-0 thrashing, the Finn Harps manager spoke to Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub to give his instant reaction.
Despite being in the game for the opening half an hour, Horgan deemed Coalan McAleer’s challenge on Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, which resulted in a penalty, as ‘soft’.
Horgan said: “In the first half I felt we were in the game, until the penalty, which we felt was a soft penalty.
“But we could have avoided the free-kick that got them their second.
“We didn’t think there was a huge amount in it in the first (half), but the second half there was a massive gap and Derry outplayed us, outfought us, and they looked stronger and sharper than us in the second and it could’ve been more in fairness.
“And to be outfought by them is hard to take, we came up second best, not just ability wise but in strength, work-rate and hunger.”
Following a 3-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers on Monday last, Horgan’s roster showed four changes against City with Keith Cowan, McNamee, Raffaele Cretaro and Sean Boyd all elevated to the starting XI.
But Horgan was eager to question some of the performances from his players on Foyleside and said he would have to take a serious look at his selection before Monday night’s EA Sports Cup clash with the Candystripes at the Brandywell.
“If it was a league game on Monday night we would be changing things up because that wasn’t good enough.
“We will be looking at players to see if they can keep a place in the team because to not have the hunger that Derry showed is the most difficult thing to take, it is” he added.
“So, we will go with the younger lads on Monday night to see if they can match Derry for the hunger.”