Derry boss acknowledges “important” win

Updated: March 5, 2012

Derry’s John Brennan is hoping his county have turned a corner after collecting their first win in this year’s Allianz National Football League with victory over Monaghan over the weekend.  The two points lifted the Oak Leaf County off the bottom of the Division Two table.

“It was very important for us to get the win. We are only concerned with ourselves and we’ve got ourselves back into it. I am just glad for the players.  We are not as bad as some people were saying after the defeats to Galway and Tyrone, and we played some very good football against Monaghan,”  -  said the Oak Leaf manager.

Monaghan manager Eamon MacEnaney, who welcomed Tommy Freeman back to the fold after almost a year out injured admitted that Derry were much the better side:   “There was no zip, no drive to us, not compared to what there was three weeks ago (against Kildare). We had a couple of run outs against Down and Roscommon where we were flying, but that’s football I suppose.  I expect us to improve as the year progresses.”  Monaghan slipped to fifth place (from fourth) in the Division Two standings following the defeat.

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