Derry City Chairman Philip O'Doherty could not hide his disappointment at the poor turnout at the Brandywell this evening as Derry City fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Dinamo Minsk.
Last week O'Doherty made a public appeal to fans to get behind the team, despite their frustration at the decision by the club to increase ticket prices by 79% for tonight's Europa League tie.
But after just over 1,000 fans turned up tonight, O'Doherty, speaking to Radio Foyle, could not hide his annoyance.
"I'm disappointed that the boycott obviously worked because we only had 1,400 people in this ground tonight," he said. "We were allowed 3,700 in the ground but obviously the request last week for people to attend the game has fallen on deaf ears and there was nowhere near enough for a European game at the Brandywell. The atmosphere was very, very flat and it didn't help the players at all. Can Ijust thank those people who did turn up and show support and loyalty to the club."
O'Doherty continued by insisting that the club had no regrets over the pricing of adult tickets for the fixture.
"It was £25 a game six or seven years ago. I don't think that's the reason and I don't really know what point they were trying to make. It was total stupidity. The money goes into the playing budget and the club. The same people who called for this budget are then meeting me and asking me to increase the budget so it certainly hasn't helped my enthusiasm."
Despite his annoyance, O'Doherty is hoping that both the club and the fans can move on I think we've both made statements and it's time to move on, with City still involved in three domestic competitions.
"There's a lot of football to be played in the season," he said. "There's a very big home game against St. Patrick's Athletic on the 27th, and they are one of the teams who are not far behind us so I will encourage people to move on from it now. We've had our argument, we've both given our opinions, so let's move on."
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