Derry City's Hutton is expecting a tough test against Cork
Derry City will attempt to inflict a first defeat of the season on Cork City at Turner's Cross this evening.
Peter Hutton's team go into the game on a high after a comfortable win at home to Drogheda United last week and with the knowledge that a win in Cork would close the gap on their opponents to just one point.
But that is easier said than one for the Candystripes, with John Caulfield's side once again challenging Dundalk at the top of the table.
"It's a difficult venue to go to and get anything at the best of times," Hutton acknowledged. "They have strengthened what was already a very, very good squad when you consider that they were just pipped to the title on the last day.
"They have added the likes of Karl Sheppard and Liam Miller and Alan Bennett to the squad just to name a few; they have added real strength in depth, with experienced players so they are a formidable outfit."
Derry have suffered further injury setbacks this week after Josh Daniels suffered ankle ligament damage in training. The young winger, who played his part in last week's win over Drogheda, is now set for a spell on the sidelines, where he joins fellow right-winger Stephen Dooley.