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Derry City have the quality to succeed: Cliff Byrne

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City travel to Drogheda United this evening hoping to avoid a third successive league defeat. Peter Hutton's team have lost against Shamrock Rovers and Cork City in the last 10 days, despite dominating both games.

City have played some exceptional football against two of the country's top teams, but despite creating several goalscoring chances in both games, they have failed to find the net and that has ultimately cost them.

However, they get the chance to return to winning ways this evening, and captain Cliff Byrne is expecting an upturn in fortunes.

"We know it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when because of the performances and because of the belief, but above all else, because of the quality we have," he said.

"We're young, we're a progressive squad and we're learning day in and day out but we'd much rather be learning with points on the board.

"The boys are expressing themselves and we are doing that day in, day out in training.

"The staff give the young boys the freedom going forward, but the one disappointment is that teams aren't working particularly hard to get goals against us.

"That's something we'll have to work on as a team but we're progressing.

"On another night we would have scored two or three goals, but this time it just wasn't to be against Cork."

Rory Patterson is available after missing the Cork game through suspension but he will face a late fitness test after aggravating a back injury in training last week.

Defender Ryan McBride and midfielder Barry Molloy are also injury doubts.

Manager Hutton, meanwhile, is desperate for three points for sixth placed City.

"We've certainly deserved to get something from both games but then that's football," he said.

"It can be a cruel game at times. It's imperative now that we get something from the Drogheda game. At the minute I would take an ugly win.

"All this nice, intricate, free-flowing football is great but it doesn't get you points so it's imperative we get back to winning ways as soon as possible."

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