Derry City manager Declan Devine admitted he was frustrated that his side hadn't recorded their first victory of the new SSE Airtricity League season on Friday night.

The Candystripes did come from behind against Drogheda United to earn their first point of the season, but they couldn't find a winner at the Brandywell.

The result leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table after five games.

"There's certainly no relief but there's frustration that we didn't start the second half the way we had finished the first," he told RTÉ Sport.

"[There is] frustration that we've got to go a goal behind before we getting cracking again. Towards the end of the first half we played some really good football. We've got some technical players here.

"Second half I was disappointed that we didn't lay enough on them in the final third. Our approach play wasn't as good as it had been in the first half.

"Drogheda worked hard; it's tough playing them and they deserve huge credit but we've got to be better with and without the ball."

Winger James Brown gave Drogs the lead, but it was cancelled out by Ronan Boyce when he headed home from close range shortly before half time.

The nature of the visitor's goal was a particularly annoying element for Devine.

"The goal we've given away was a disappointing goal," he admitted.

"The players did show tremendous character to get a foothold in the game after going that goal down. We've got to be a wee bit more creative than we were in the second half.

"We've got to get more penetration, and we just didn't inject pace or tempo after the break."

For Drogheda United manager Tim Clancy, it was a case of being happy to get something from the game. But he was left irritated that a penalty call didn't go his side's way in the second half.

Gary Deegan chased up a shot that Nathan Gartside saved, got to the ball, only to be tackled by the Derry keeper on the end line.

"It's a bit awkward because the keeper came out with his feet rather than his hands, which you don't normally see. So it might raise your suspicions," Clancy pointed out.

"Possibly a penalty, but we're only up from the First Division and we're not going to get any big decision - especially away from home against established clubs like Derry.

"So for us to come away with a point, and to see how the lads played, we're really pleased."