New First Team Manager was pleased with his squad's attitude despite the cup defeat at Hartlepool...
Derry was happy with his players performance, and knows there is plenty of positives to take, but he also admits there are lessons to be learnt from the defeat.
His men lost to in-form Hartlepool 3-2 at Victoria Park on Saturday, but he was proud of his squad in his first game in charge.
He told Magpie Player post-match: "They gave me everything. I was pleased with the guys attitude and togetherness.
"I'm obviously disappointed in the goals we have conceded, of course. But I think those that watched the game, saw a very dedicated, spirited performance out there and I would like to thank the players."
Derry admitted that he will be working on the training ground with Greg Abbott ahead of Tuesday's JPT Quarter Final away to Oldham Athletic and trying to eradicate defensive errors.
He added: "We've got to learn not to give silly free-kick in silly areas. We have to learn how to stand our ground and I think we have to track-back right. I've told them honestly and they've accepted responsibility.
"They did give me everything, but we have a lot to learn. I would have loved to have been in the hat, but I've learnt a lot today about my players.
"We were always in the game. Even when we went behind, the lads responded.
"I thought we had a really good go. We've had bad days this year, but I was really pleased, but devastated with the result. I never wanted to lose my first game, not just for me, but I didn't want the lads to lose it. But we have and we will have to crack on again."
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