Bohemians v Derry City – Fri 8th Mar – KO 7.45pm – Dalymount Park
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Derry City have a number of personnel concerns ahead of their trip to Dalymount Park this Friday night with up to four players on the ‘missing or doubtful’ list for the game against high-flying Bohemians.
Derry dealt with McCrudden blow
It was confirmed last night that forward Michael McCrudden has suffered a broken metatarsal and his loss will be felt around the dressing room according to manager Declan Devine:
“I’m gutted for the boy, he was just really finding his feet and I felt he had a huge impact to play over the coming weeks”
“He comes into work with a smile on his face and has a real positive influence on the group. He is someone I love working with”
McCrudden has started Derry’s last two games and his manager has backed him to return “a much better player”.
McCrudden is expected to be out for up to 3 months.
Rolling up the sleeves
The Candystripes drew for the first time this season earning a well-deserved point away at Turner’s Cross last time out.
Derry locked horns with Cork City in a fearsome feud on Leeside and Devine’s troops fought hard to travel back north with a share of the spoils.
The manager was forced into a late change at the back when Patrick McClean pulled up in the pre-match warm-up and awarded Ciaran Coll his debut, but a late switch didn’t hinder the side’s preparation as they provided the workmanlike performance Devine craves.
Staking a claim
Now this week the team are back on the road and have a chance to make a statement as they face early pacesetters Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
Bohs have started the new season like they finished the last as the form team in the Division and Declan recognises the threat his opponents pose:
“It should be a good game. They play a nice brand of football, but we will go there and hopefully give a good account of ourselves.”
Bohemians manager Kevin Long led the Gypsies to a sixth-place finish last year climbing above Derry in the table.
Now Long’s team can return to the summit if they are to emerge victorious on Friday night, however the Foylesiders should be confident heading into this one having amassed maximum points on their travels to the Dublin side last season.
One to watch
The Derry defence was praised this week by manager Declan Devine but his regiment will need to be on their game to nullify the threat of Bohs talisman Dinny Corcoran.
The striker’s red-hot form coincides with Bohs’ recent run of 11 league games without defeat (W7 D4).
Corcoran has hit the ground running and now has 11 goals during the unbeaten run that stretches back to last October.
Friday night’s clash also may well see Eoghan Stokes and Aaron Barry line up against their respective former team-mates as both clubs look to build on decent starts to the campaign.
Patrick McClean has been joined by Michael McCrudden on the injured list whereas Jamie McDonagh will now serve a “harsh” four-match ban for his tackle during the defeat to Shamrock Rovers.
The manager has had his say on the matter:
“I think he has been extremely hard done by and it will be interesting to see how other players are treated. If it’s going to be a four-game ban for a tackle, then hopefully that will be passed around the league.”
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To listen to Devine speaking on McCrudden’s injury, McDonagh’s ban and looking ahead to Bohs, check out the clip below.