Derry City v Sligo Rovers – Fri 3rd Aug – KO 7.45pm – Brandywell
Defensive issues are the forefront of Kenny Shiels mind as he faces into the clash with Sligo Rovers on Friday night.
Eoin Toal misses out following his red card in the closing stages of the win over St Pats.
City also are likely to be without McDermott and Cole who have outstanding niggles and are likely to join Nicky Low in the stand.
Whilst they have added to their ranks, City are still working on international clearance for Kevin McHattie, the Scot having joined on a short term deal this week.
Speaking to the media today, Shiels was pleased with the new addition.
“We have struggled for a left back for quite a while now, since we lost Dean Jarvis. We put Ben Doherty in there but he isn’t a natural left back, and we have put Conor McDermott in there and we have shipped it around.”
With two matches against Gerard Lyttle’s side in the next few days, Shiels is aware of the threat that the visitors can pose.
“We lost the first game, it is 2-1 to them in that respect and we have a league and cup game. They play a counter attack game and they attack with conviction.”
“We have a lot of good things about us as well. It can’t just be about stopping Sligo. We have to see how we can hurt them. We have good players too”.
“It is imperative that we get a victory, but Sligo also need a victory. The ten team league has become very competitive.”
Ex City player and Sligo assistant Kevin Derry also serves a touchline ban and will be watching from the stands tomorrow night.
Sligo were 2-0 winners at the Brandywell earlier in the season and also beat the Candystripes at the Showgrounds in February.
City will be looking to build confidence after their late win to St Pats last week and with only 5 points separating City from third place Waterford.
In team news for the visitors, Seamus Sharkey is suspended, Gary Boylan is out long-term with an ACL injury and Adam Wixted is a doubt after being involved in a minor car accident last week. Adam Morgan has also departed the club after failing to make an impact.
Former Sligo player Ally Roy will be looking to continue his vein of form, having scored in each of his last two appearances at the Brandywell since he swapped from Sligo to the Candystripes.
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