After being "disgusted" with the performance his side put in in losing 1-0 to Sligo Rovers on Tuesday evening, Derry City manager Declan Devine is now questioning his side's character ahead of the final games in this season's Premier Division.

As was the case against Bohemians, the Candystripes conceded late on at The Showgrounds, with Ryan De Vries grabbing the winner for the home side on 87 minutes. The result leaves Devine's men just four points clear of Cork City, who currently prop up the table.

Afterwards, the Derry boss did not mince his words when summing up the effort against Sligo.

"You have to question the players attitude and their application," he said.

"Tonight it wasn't good enough. It's just not acceptable. I keep saying it. It's sounds repetitive. We didn't fight, we didn't play. We had a chance, we hit the post before they scored. When you play for this football club, you have to have desire, hunger, passion, effort and energy. It was all lacking tonight to be honest. 

"The goal we gave away with three minutes left was a carbon copy of going asleep again."

When asked whether the squad have it in them to now show those attributes, Devine's response was blunt.

"I don't know."

He continued: "We have asked them many times and I'm getting blank expressions. I'm getting concerned that we don't have the character but we need to dust ourselves down - we're in a dogfight now.

"We need to start picking up points very quickly. We have a home game (against Waterford) in two days' time and we need a reaction. That wasn't good enough tonight. 

"I need players to apply themselves better, have a bit more respect for the football club, a bit more hunger to see out games when it's not going for you. We have to be a bit more brave on the ball, a bit more brave in our defensive responsibilities from front to back.

"I'm disgusted with the performance that we put in tonight."

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