Derry City manager Declan Devine admitted he was 'sick to the pit of his stomach' after his side lost 2-1 at home to Waterford on Saturday night.
Waterford took the lead thanks to a wonderful free-kick from Shane Griffin before Cameron McJannett levelled for Derry just before half-time.
Blues captain Oscar Brennan then scored what turned out to be the winner, before getting sent off on 80 minutes as Waterford held out.
It was the Candystripes’ second successive defeat and leaves them with nothing to show from the start of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division campaign.
Afterwards Devine was unable to put a brave face on the result and admitted that the way his side have started the season is of concern.
"I’m sick to the pit of my stomach, really disappointed we’ve lost the game in the manner we’ve lost it," he said.
"I think we gave them two goals. We dominated the game, created numerous opportunities. But look, I can’t fault the players, their application was brilliant.
FT: Derry City 1-2 Waterford FC— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) April 3, 2021
Shane Griffin and Oscar Brennan scored for Waterford as Kevin Sheedy's side claimed their first win of the season while Derry City remain rooted to the bottom
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"We kept asking questions of Waterford, I thought we were very dominant in the game, created so many chances that I find it very difficult to take that we’ve actually lost the game.
"I’ll suck it up, I’ll take responsibility but we have to move on. With the greatest of respect, in the two games we’ve played, to our opponents, we should be winning them games.
"Tonight I think they’ve had one shot on target in the game and we’ve conceded two goals so from our point of view, it’s not good enough, we’ve got to be better.
"But overall in general terms of the way we played and the chances we’ve created there’s a lot of positives to take from it, but the ultimate thing is winning the game and we haven’t done that."
Devine denied that a lack of support in the transfer marker is behind his side’s slow start to the campaign, insisting that he is happy with the players he has been able to bring in.
"I think I have been supported, I’m happy with the business we’ve done and I’m really delighted with the players that we have, but we can’t give away the goals in the manner we have."
Waterford manager Kevin Sheedy meanwhile claimed that his side deserved their win and it gives him something to build on after narrow defeats to Drogheda and Sligo Rovers.
"I’m absolutely delighted with the commitment the players have shown," he said. "We’ve done that in previous games.
"We got beat by a last-minute goal against Drogheda, played better and didn’t get anything against Sligo but you get what you deserve in this game and we definitely deserved the three points."
"I'm sick to the pit of my stomach." Derry City manager Declan Devine felt hard done by after his side's defeat to Waterford. Meanwhile Blues boss Kevin Sheedy is delighted with the three points. #rtesoccer pic.twitter.com/z2pqxIx4B3— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) April 4, 2021