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City have got to be ruthless if we are to scale heights: Devine

Waterford v Derry City, SSE Airtricity Premier Division, Regional Sports Centre, Tonight, 7.45pm

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City have not lost two league games in a row this season and Declan Devine is aiming for that trend to continue at Waterford tonight.

With Bohemians travelling to Tallaght to face Shamrock Rovers, victory at the RSC could well see the Candystripes close the gap on third place and the race for European qualification.

City have suffered recent losses to Rovers and Dundalk, however, and Devine is eager to get back to winning ways.

"The difference between Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk and Derry is that those teams go and win the games that they have to win," he said.

"They beat teams that they should be beating. We're not there yet, but what we have done is close the gap considerably, but we're also aware that we have got to go to Waterford and work extremely hard, outplay them, outfight them and outwork them and then we will have a chance of winning the match."

City have enjoyed two victories over Waterford in recent times and, with the hosts losing their last five home games, it is a real opportunity to get three points on board.

"We've done well in the recent games but this is different for us because they will be hurting with the fact that we've beaten them the last two times we've played them," added Devine.

"One of the things that sticks in my throat is that we went 2-1 up in the last minute when we played down there on Easter Monday but we then gave away a needless penalty and that's ultimately cost us two points.

"I said at the very start of the season that every point is going to count and if we had those two points now we would be in a much healthier position.

"We know that they are capable on their day of turning us over but we have to make sure that our game plan is executed and we go down there with a real determination and focus to bring three points back up the road again."

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