Belfast Telegraph

Devine needs fans' support to turn Derry around

By Eoin Lennon

Derry City manager Declan Devine has called on the club's fans to get behind the team for tonight's crucial league clash with St. Patrick's Athletic.

Due to Friday's 4-1 defeat to Cork City, the Candystripes ambitions have now changed, with a European place now the only realistic aim.

City are on a woeful run of five league defeats in seven games and are underdogs against a St Pat's side hoping to return to the top of the Airtricity Premier Division.

In recent home games, Derry City's performances have been greeted by boos from the home support but Devine is calling for the club's fans to rally around the players to help them realise their ambitions between now and the end of the season.

"Fans are entitled to judge but I said the first day that I came in; I am a fan, I am a supporter and I want the best for Derry City, as do the players," he explained.

"The players have been here as supporters as well and they want to make sure their performances are good.

"One thing about the players is that their attitude has been outstanding this year, as has their application.

"For a team that was being backed to achieve everything a few weeks ago, they suddenly haven't become bad players.

"There is a lack of confidence at the minute, which is why we need people to get behind us and give us encouragement and if they do that then I'm sure the young players will certainly flourish."

Devine's preparations for tonight's game have taken a blow with the news that defender Dean Jarvis is set for yet another spell on the sidelines after he damaged his knee ligaments at the weekend.

Jarvis joins Stewart Greacen and Kevin Deery on the injured list, whilst Sean Houston remains a doubt.

Optimism is a rare commodity at the Brandywell at the minute but Devine is refusing to get too downhearted..

"We're still one decent win away from turning the corner," he continued.

"Pat's are having an outstanding season but at the same time we go into the game knowing that if we play anywhere near our potential we can win the game. "

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