Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has called his sides fixture schedule ‘cruelty’ and a ‘disgrace’ after they have had to travel to Cork last night having played in Minsk on only Thursday night.
Shiels said this to RTE;
It was cruelty to my players. We’ve played on Thursday, we’ve travelled all the way home and then all the way to Cork.
We haven’t had one training session and they’ve had five days preparation for this. It’s bang out of order.
“The longest journey in the league is Cork to Derry or Derry to Cork and they have this fixture the same week as the two teams are playing in Europe. They played Tuesday, we played Thursday.
“We’re just back from the trip – I’m not even back from the trip yet!
“It’s a disgrace what they’ve done, making us play this game here and the Monday after us travelling all the way down [to Belarus] and then we’ve to travel six-and-a-half hours down to Cork after it all.
“The boys are not fit, they’re on their knees. It was pure fitness that won the match. It’s cruelty, absolute cruelty.”