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Higgins backing Hery to provide creative spark for the Candystripes


Bastien Hery has joined Derry on loan from Bohemians. Credit: INPHO/Evan Logan

Bastien Hery has joined Derry on loan from Bohemians. Credit: INPHO/Evan Logan

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Bastien Hery has joined Derry on loan from Bohemians. Credit: INPHO/Evan Logan

New signing Bastien Hery is set to go straight into the Derry City squad for today’s game against Longford.

The former Linfield midfielder joined on loan from Bohemians until the end of the season and Ruaidhri Higgins is hoping he can provide the creative spark which has eluded his team in recent weeks.

The Candystripes could not break down 10-man St. Patrick’s Athletic in a 1-0 defeat recently and failed to get past 9-man Drogheda United last week, needed penalties to go through their FAI Cup tie.

Goals have been a problem for Derry City all season, but having boosted his attacking force with Hery, Jamie McGonigle and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe in the last month, the manager is hoping that fact will change, beginning against bottom of the table Longford.

“There’s a mixture of goals and creativity in there,” Higgins agrees. “We haven’t really been able to get Jamie up and running yet, it’s been a wee bit stop-start but we know we’ve a real quality player there when we get him going, get him fit and get him up to speed. Junior has started really well and Bastien will add a bit of creativity to us so I think we’re getting there as a squad and we’ll continue to get better as the season develops.

“We have got talent in the squad so I think we will develop as a team and improve and I think we’ll become an exciting team to watch.”

Daire Doyle’s team have not won since the opening day victory over Derry back in February, but they have proved a stubborn opponent regardless, holding both Dundalk and Sligo Rovers to draws in recent games. The league table does not make good reading because of their lack of wins, but Higgins believes that Longford should be given credit for their efforts in a division which he believes has no easy games.

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“Longford are a good team,” he insists.

“They have signed Dean Williams from Shamrock Rovers who is a really good player, Nugent from Rovers who is a really good player and I think they probably deserve more points than they’ve had this season and we need to be fully focused going down there.

“If you look at Longford’s recent results, there has been nothing in the games, and there’s been nothing in any game. You look at when we beat Waterford at the Brandywell, people are saying that’s a comfortable win, but Waterford have won every game since, so it just shows you the fine margins in this league. It’s very, very competitive, there’ nothing in games and I expect that Saturday will be the same.”

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