Barry McNamee has warned against complacency as Derry City bid to reach the second qualifying round of the Europa League in Aberystwyth this Thursday, pointing out that the job is only half done despite their convincing 4-0 win at the Brandywell.
McNamee was again one of the shining lights for Peter Hutton’s side as he netted his second goal in as many games to complete the scoring against the Welsh Cup runners up but he was refusing to even entertain talk of a possible trip to Belarus in the next round.
“It’s only half time in the tie,” he told Donegalnow.com. “We know that they could easily score three or four over there and they proved with the chances they had that they are a threat going forward.
“We set out to press them from the word go, we knew this was their first competitive game of the season so we wanted to try and expose them and I thought we did that well. Patrick McEleney got at them from very early on and took his goal well.
“After the penalty I felt we took our foot off the gas a bit even though they were down to 10 men. At half time, at 2-0 and them a man down we said we needed to try and get more goals as it wouldn’t be a big enough lead going over there.
“We went out in the second half to try and score as many goals as we could to try and kill the tie off as much as we could for the return leg but the job is only half done.”
City were unchanged from the side who drew with leaders Dundalk in the League last week with their front five of McNamee, Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy, Mark Timlin and Rory Patterson all pressing high up the pitch and linking up effectively.
The Ramelton man was operating in the centre of midfield alongside Barry Molloy and he admitted that he is enjoying the freedom of playing with such an accomplished defensive midfielder.
“It helps me playing in there along with Baz,” he admitted. “He sits in front of the defence and rarely ventures forward which is his role and that allows myself, Fats (McEleney), Mark and Mickey to get up the pitch and support Rory up front. Three of us were on the scoresheet tonight and Mickey scored last Friday against Dundalk so it’s working well at the moment.
“Mark Timlin got his debut away to Dundalk earlier in the season under Roddy and he went into the wilderness for a while but since he’s been given his second chance he’s really taken it and it was a great finish for the third goal," he concluded.
By Johnny Craig
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