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Impressive start: Derry City manager Declan Devine
Impressive start: Derry City manager Declan Devine

Derry City can close the gap on third placed Bohemians to just two points with victory over Sligo Rovers in the Northwest derby at the Brandywell tonight.

Despite the disappointment of last week's draw with UCD, the point proved beneficial for the Candystripes as the Students then went and beat Bohemians on Monday night, hence drawing City ever closer to third place.

It was an unexpected boost for Declan Devine's team, but the City boss knows that his team need to succeed where they failed against UCD this time around.

"After last week I can't wait to get back out on the Brandywell again because it was a frustrating night against UCD to say the least," he said.

"On reflection, we've played well, we've moved the ball well and we've created 12 or 13 opportunities in the game which is really unheard of at this level. We will play a lot worse and win but we now have to face a rejuvenated Sligo Rovers and try to get back to winning ways."

Anything other than a positive result for Derry tonight could see them fall back into a mid-table scrap with Sligo and St. Patrick's Athletic, but Devine knows that a huge challenge awaits them.

"I've been saying all along that there are no easy games in this league and we can't take a Northwest derby for granted because Sligo are capable of beating anybody," he stated.

"The one thing we can control is ourselves. We're playing at home in front of a great crowd that will be behind us and we have got to entertain the people. We have got to work extremely hard to get anything in this league and we'll treat Sligo with the respect they deserve."

Defender Eoin Toal misses out through suspension tonight but he could miss a number of games in the coming weeks after picking up an injury against UCD.

"He broke a bone in his hand but hopefully it's nothing too serious," Devine explained.

Striker Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, who missed last week's game through injury, could return for City while Darren McCauley will face a late fitness test after hobbling off with a dead leg in the game against UCD.

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