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Under-fire Hutton is striving to repay faith of Derry board

By Eoin Wilson

After receiving public backing from his employers earlier this week, Derry City manager Peter Hutton is hoping to lead his team out of their current slump away at Bohemians tonight (7.45pm).

Club chairman Philip O'Doherty has thrown his full support behind his manager despite growing discontent among fans after a run of 11 league games without a win.

Now Hutton is hoping to repay that faith at Dalymount Park this evening.

"At the end of the day, we still have to keep going and get results sooner rather than later," Hutton admitted.

"While it is good to see that the chairman and the board are being very supportive, they still want results, so it's up to myself and the players to deliver that now. It was good to hear the support publicly, but we have to get our house in order, in that we need to start providing results.

"Confidence is a huge thing in football; this time last year we were scoring goals for fun and no one was questioning how I set out teams because we were doing well.

"Nothing has changed in the way we set out teams, except personnel. We set out teams exactly the same way, to go and attack opponents and go and express themselves in the final third, just like we did last year, but now people are saying we're negative, which isn't true."

A trip to Bohemians might be considered a tough ask for a Candystripes team really struggling for form, but Dalymount Park has been the scene of many famous wins for Derry over the years, and Hutton is hoping his team can produce another one tonight.

"Dalymount has usually been a good hunting ground for us and the pitch itself is usually in decent nick with wide open spaces," Hutton said.

"Traditionally we've done well, and we'd like to continue that record. Bohs are tougher this season and they have a big squad, and they have even added to that this week with the addition of Eoin Wearen from Sligo.

"They have a wee bit of steel about them. During a game at the Brandywell previously, they were certainly one of the most hard working sides we have faced this season.

"While they were first to admit they were fortuitous to get the result, because their goalkeeper pulled off some excellent saves, they still work extremely hard."

There is less than a week left before the July transfer window closes, but regardless, Hutton is determined to add new faces.

"There are slim pickings in that regard but we are being very proactive and trying to bring in a few faces," added Hutton.

"We let one or two go so it's important that we get some fresh faces in, and we're actively trying to do that."

Philip Lowry will miss this evening's game through suspension.

Meanwhile, everyone at Derry City extends their deep condolences to the club's physio Michael Hegarty on the passing of his mother Deirdre.

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