Belfast Telegraph

Vital points are all that matter for Peter Hutton

By Eoin Wilson

There has been plenty of change off the field at Derry City, and this evening Peter Hutton will be hoping for change on it.

It has been a busy week for City as manager Hutton has attempted to strengthen his struggling squad as well as his backroom staff.

The City boss has significantly strengthened his midfield options with two signings this week, that of former Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic midfielder Conor McCormack and former Tottenham youth player Aaron McEneff, but there has also been a departure from the Brandywell.

Shane McEleney, who has been with the club since 2009, has left to join St Pat's, a move which has surprised many Candystripes fans.

And with Hutton still hopeful of adding a new striker to his squad before the July transfer window closes this evening, there could yet be more arrivals at the Brandywell.

But for the moment all eyes are on the home clash against Longford Town tonight (7.45pm) as Derry attempt to end a run of 12 league games without a win.

"It doesn't matter how we get them now; we have to start picking up points," Hutton admitted.

"It's results that count now and while the performances haven't been bad of late, you would sacrifice performances to get results."

City's last game against Longford was a frustrating night for the Candystripes, who could only manage a 0-0 draw despite playing against 10 men for over 70 minutes.

But having seen his attackers perform so well at Bohemians last week, Hutton believes his team are now much more dangerous in front of goal.

"Probably around that period we were a wee bit one dimensional but now we have more options in an attacking sense and we do have a bit more about us," he added.

"There is a spark there."

Hutton has no injury or suspension concerns this week, with new signings McCormack and McEneff set to go straight into the team.

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