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Rallying call: Derry City manager Declan Devine
Rallying call: Derry City manager Declan Devine

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City return to Dublin this evening looking for a fifth successive victory.

Declan Devine's side are in the middle of an impressive run of form which has propelled them to third place in the Premier Division, but that record will be tested against an improving St Patrick's Athletic side.

"We go into the game with confidence but we also go into it knowing that this is notoriously one of the most difficult venues to go and play," said Devine.

"St Pat's are on the back of two brilliant results having beaten Dundalk at home and gone away and played a long period of the game at Turner's Cross with 10 men, but still came out with a draw.

"They have a few injury worries themselves and have one or two suspended but we are under no illusions that we are in for a very difficult game.

"They haven't conceded a lot of goals, just six in the league so far, and that stat in itself shows that they are very difficult to get anything from. We are going down confident but we also know it's going to be very difficult."

Devine goes into the game looking for his 10th league victory in Dublin as Derry City manager, and he is adamant that success can only be achieved in the Premier Division if players have the right mentality, especially going into games in the capital.

"We have won two away from home but we want to strive to get better," he continued.

"If you want to do anything in this league you have got to go to Dublin and you have got to pick up points all the time."

"You have to make sure that when you get off the bus you are fresh and ready to go.

"It doesn't get any harder than coming down here but it's something we target and we want to make sure that we when we go to the capital we pick up points.

City deo Aidy Delap and Conor McDermott will both face late fitness tests ahead of tonight's game, while Jamie McDonagh has been hit with a further two-game suspension after his recent dismissal at Finn Harps.

On the McDonagh ban, Devine said: "It's a big loss for us and something we have to learn from and make sure doesn't happen again.

"We have a bunch of boys on the bench who are itching to get game time. We also have players who, when they do come off the bench, make good impacts. We are going to need those players over the next couple of weeks."

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