Derry City manager Declan Devine was left ruing his side's luck after a "horrendous" conclusion to their SSE Airtricity League defeat to Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

The Candystripes had led 1-0 from a goal just two minutes in until Bohs netted a late penalty through Keith Ward after Jake Dunwoody was adjudged to have fouled Dawson Devoy.

Andre Wright then snatched a winner deeper into stoppage time for the hosts.

Shortly before the start of that sudden Bohemians comeback, Derry felt that an Eoin Toal header had crossed the Bohs goal-line, which would have left the visitors 2-0 up.

The manager was also unhappy with the awarding of the penalty.

"It's a horrendous one to take," Devine told RTÉ Sport.

"Players in the changing room feel as if ours is over the line on one end and every single player said the young lad has jumped into the player looking for the penalty.

"These decisions are devastating for us but in all reality, we've got to make sure that when you suffer the disappointment in the 93rd minute of conceding a penalty, we certainly shouldn't be conceding a 94th minute winner, so we've got to make sure that doesn't happen again.

"But in general play, I think the players deserve huge credit. I think we were very much on the front foot."

He added that his side were "creative" and that it was a "typical away from home performance" until the match turned upside down from Derry's perspective.

"But the manner in which we lost the game is very disappointing," Devine continued.

"I think the players didn't deserve that but unfortunately the league is an unforgiving league.

"You can't afford to dwell on this. We've got to make sure we get ourselves ready for Tuesday because it hurts. It really hurts but thankfully there are a lot of games to be played and we've two more this week."

His Bohemians counterpart Keith Long credited his players for finding a way back into the match but had sympathy for Derry.

"I've got to be honest with you. I feel quite sorry for the Derry boys trooping off here and the management team because they probably deserved more from the game," he said.

"But we bounced back well with a good victory down in Sligo. Not so good tonight but absolutely, we'll take the three points all day long." 

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