Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 18 April 2015

Derry aces fearing axe

Hungry: David McDaid is desperate for the win
Hungry: David McDaid is desperate for the win

The league title and FAI Cup have now gone and next to go at the Brandywell will be several Derry City players unless results improve, beginning with tonight's game against Bray Wanderers (7.45pm).

Manager Declan Devine has made it clear that the players are playing for their future at the club, with the majority out of contract following the end of the current season.

That gives City's struggling squad six games to turn their miserable form around and a game against struggling Bray Wanderers could be the perfect fixture as a result.

The Seagulls have beaten Derry only once in the past 13 games in all competitions. However, Declan Devine's team have lost four from their last six league games, with their form at the Brandywell since June nothing short of atrocious, with just two wins from nine games.

Derry's top scorer Rory Patterson is determined that the club qualify for Europe at the very least. "We go into every match positive regardless of where we are in the league because there's still a lot to play for," he said.

"Sligo and Dundalk are still in the cup so hopefully that distracts them a bit. If we can get as many points as we can who knows what could happen? We could maybe go above Sligo and even put some pressure on second place.

"We just haven't been able to get out of this dip. We're disappointed we lost to Sligo because we lost the chance to get back to the Aviva but to be fair I think the better team won."

Patterson's strike partner David McDaid is desperate for a win tonight, admitting that the players need a boost.

"It's not going to be easy, especially since we're not playing very well at the minute, so we just need a result to boost our confidence," he explained. "The confidence is low at the minute. It's not nice losing and I think we just need the bit of luck that we haven't really had yet."

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