After a mistake, Cameron McJannet is certain that Derry teammate Sam Todd will respond.

After his lackluster performance in their Friday night loss against Bohemians, Cameron McJannet, the deputy captain of Derry City, is confident his teammate Sam Todd can recover.
Todd was substituted early in the second half because of his poor backpass, which allowed Bohs striker Dayle Rooney to score the game’s first and vital goal at Dalymount Park. Todd never fully recovered from that error.

When they play Galway United on Friday, March 29, following the international break, McJannet is confident that the former Finn Harps and UCD center defender won’t allow the error get to him.

“Everyone circles Sam in pursuit of the opening goal,” he said. Sam’s skill as a player is obvious, therefore we all know how talented he is and that he’ll recover without any issues.

“Look, even the greatest players in the world experience it. It was just a mistake, nothing more, and as I’ve mentioned, even the finest players in the game make mistakes, so mistakes are inevitable in football. Just look at defenders like Virgil van Dijk who have made blunders.

“I’m confident Sam will be alright, and nobody in our changing room needs to worry because he’s going to be fantastic.”

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In addition, the 25-year-old stated that the City team’s locker room was devastated that their unbeaten start to the 2024 campaign had come to an end and expressed extreme disappointment at the way that both Rooney and James Akintunde’s goals were given away.

“It’s a huge, huge disappointment, and that result hurts us. After an undefeated start, we were confident we could get another good result,” he continued.

With the goals we gave up, we put ourselves in a difficult situation when it came to trying to win the match.

“As I mentioned before, the two goals we gave up gave us a mountain to climb, and we were unable to accomplish that. Our defense for their second goal from the corner wasn’t good enough, and I’m not sure what precisely happened.

“Good teams always bounce back from setbacks, so we just need to have the mentality to pick ourselves up, learn from our errors, go on, and anticipate the Galway game in a few weeks. A loss can happen at any time.

Yes, we’ve lost our first game, but in order to go on, we need to consider the positive aspects of the Bohs game. Furthermore, even if you shouldn’t ignore the bad things that happened, you also need to draw lessons from them.

“We just need to keep going because we’re in and around the top half of the table and we’ve had a good start to the season.”

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