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Michael McCrudden
Michael McCrudden

By Eoin Wilson

Michael McCrudden is determined to play his part in sending Derry City into Europe next season by ending his goal drought in the last week of the season.

Since joining the club in February, the 28-year-old has made 15 appearances and, whilst he has chipped in with assists, he has yet to find the net and he admitted that he is constantly reminded of that fact by his not so sympathetic team-mates, who visit Sligo tonight (7.45pm).

"Don't chat, that's going to have to come now before the end of the season," he laughed.

"I am getting a bit of jip so I'm going to have to break the duck at some stage. I thought I would have had a couple by now and I'd be telling a lie if I said it didn't play on my mind.

"It definitely does, but hopefully when I get the first one there will be plenty more to come.

"It's nice to be assisting goals, but it would be nicer to get that first goal which would get that weight off my shoulders and then I'll be able to play freely."

Bohemians' victory over Dundalk last week has increased the pressure on Derry City heading into the final week of the campaign, with three clubs still in the mix for two European places.

With fifth placed St Pat's at the Brandywell next Tuesday, victory at Sligo tonight is vital for Declan Devine and his players.

McCrudden said: "It's good that we have something to play for. In seasons gone by you can have situations where you can't wait to get it over with, but now with three games to go and a big spot to play for in Europe it's excellent for all the boys."

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