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Derry City brimming with confidence: Declan Devine

By Peter Hutcheon

Declan Devine says confidence could not be higher in his Derry City team ahead of this evening's visit to Windsor Park in the Setanta Sports Cup.

The new City boss watched his side begin their Airtricity League campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bohemians at the Brandywell on Friday evening, after an impressive pre-season.

“It's a tough venue to go to but that's why we are in football, to play games like this one,” he said.

“Going into the game on the back of a good win over a quality side like Bohemians helps a great deal.

“We want to do well in every competition we are involved in and this one is no exception.”

On the evidence presented so far, Devine's Derry are a close relation to his predecessor Stephen Kenny's in that they prefer an adventurous and attacking style of play.

And that is despite changes in key areas at front, back and midfield.

“James McCaffery was impressive on his debut against Bohs and we knew in Simon Madden we were signing a quality player,” said Devine.

Stephen McLaughlin scored the winner against a Bohemians side down to 10 men for the entire second half of Friday night’s league curtain-raiser.

“I do set myself targets for how many I aim to score in a season, but I don't let anyone else know what that is,” said McLaughlin.

“But there's a lot of goals to come when you have attacking players like myself, Patrick McEleney and, obviously, Rory Patterson, David McDaid and Mark Farren up front.”

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