John Brennan, in his own words
Derry manager John Brennan is well aware that his tea are underdogs to win today’s Ulster Championship clash with Donegal:
“THIS is a big game for Derry. We have not had the best of seasons, and I was angry about the reasons for that.
“The first two or three games in the league we decided to rest players. Unfortunately two of the players were used by their clubs, Dermot McBride and Eoin Bradley, and now they are unavailable.
“That means that the good work I was doing was taken away by the decisions of other people. That is unfortunate for Derry, and unfortunate for those players.
“We are massive underdogs going into this game. Donegal have the advantage of already playing a tough game against Cavan. We are going to have to improve a lot from the league, but I am confident that we can play better.
“We have also had to deal with the retirements of some important players such as Enda Muldoon and Kevin McGuckin, which is difficult to do.
“What I have been most pleased about this year has been the attitude of the players. It is positive that they have been very committed. A lot of players have had to adapt, and they have proved that they are adaptable.”
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