Derry City v St Patrick’s Athletic, Brandywell, 7.45PM
There’s European football at stake at the Brandywell tonight as Derry City meet St Pat’s with both sides still harbouring Europa League hopes for next season.
The hosts are very much in the driving seat heading into the final week in the season; Declan Devine’s charges needing just a point to clinch a top four finish, however the Manager has his sights set on an even bigger prize.
“First and foremost we want to get over the line in terms of European qualification, however a win would lift us into third place with just one match to go” said Devine.
“That remains the focus- two wins from these two games would see us finish third. What a superb achievement that would be.”
“St Pat’s are still in the hunt themselves and that will make them an even more difficult opponent than they already are, however we will approach the game positively. That’s what we’ve always done no matter who we’ve played so we won’t change now”.
City have only lost once in the league since mid August and there last two defeats have come against the sides above them in the table, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. The games against the Saints so far this season have been honours even, with a win apiece and a draw the results in the fixtures so far.
City will hope to replicate one of their best performances of the season when they blew the Saints away 3-1 in Inchicore earlier in the campaign, going three up within half an hour. Since then it has been all change, with a new manager in the form of Stephen O’Donnell. The new boss has enjoyed a decent run of form since his appointment, with a 2-0 home defeat to Waterford the only reverse. Goals have been the problem for the visitors, with the last strike coming nearly a month ago in the win away to Finn Harps.
“I’m appealing for one last push from our magnificent supporters. If they turn out in numbers they can really help lift the players towards that goal”.
City have no fresh injury concerns after their win in Sligo on Saturday and will be hoping to bring real momentum into Tuesday’s crunch clash.