Derry City v Dundalk – Fri 15th March – KO 7.45pm – Brandywell
SSE Airtricity League
Match Sponsor: J&K Coaches
An understrength Derry City made it eight consecutive games unbeaten at Phibsborough last week drawing 1-1 with Bohemians.
Declan Devine was forced into making five changes including dropping captain Barry McNamee who struggled in the warm-up.
However the side regrouped and Bohemians conceded their first goal of the campaign.
It was a former employee who did the damage when Derry’s Eoghan Stokes finished from the spot before James Finnerty levelled for the Gypsies.
Peter Cherrie was in fine form on the night to earn his side a point and now the Candystripes must shift their attention to the Champions.
Champions are coming to town
Last season’s double winners are coming to Foyleside and Declan Devine has prepared for a stern task:
“It’s a brilliant game for us. We’ve got to be competitive in the game and we must respect our opponents.”
Derry have won their opening two home games this season defeating UCD and Waterford and Devine is delighted with his side thus far:
“I’m happy that the group is consistently progressing, we trained extremely hard this week .”
“We’re growing as a group and we need the Derry public behind us.”
The 12th Man
Declan has stated from the offset that he wishes to make the Brandywell a tough place to visit and has reinforced that theory this week:
“The Brandywell needs to be a place where every team comes and knows they’re going to be in a difficult game…”
“We’re playing at home and we’ve got to give everything to get something from the match.”
The Creggan man spoke highly of the supporters and believes the fans will be the driving force in getting his side over the line on big occasions:
“The fans are every bit as important as the footballers at this club. They bring the passion. Whatever it takes we must make sure that the people walk out the gate having enjoyed the experience.”
Opponents at a glance
Dundalk too had their own injury woes last week but still managed a resounding result coming out 4-0 winners over Waterford.
Vinny Perth’s side are unbeaten in the league and despite drawing three of their opening 5 games they are still level with their title winning points total at this stage last season.
Patrick McClean will have to sit this one out as he recovers from a hamstring problem whereas Michael McCrudden is sidelined long term.
Jamie McDonagh sees out the remaining game of his suspension but apart from that:
“Everyone (else) is fit and raring to go” according to manager Devine.
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