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Candystripes chief insists Bohs are in a false position


Ruaidhri Higgins. Photo: Tony Hendron/Presseye

Ruaidhri Higgins. Photo: Tony Hendron/Presseye

Ruaidhri Higgins. Photo: Tony Hendron/Presseye

Ruaidhri Higgins is 'not fooled' by Bohemians' league position as he heads to Dalymount Park today hoping to get one over his former team.

The new Derry City manager is still finding his feet at the Brandywell since taking over last Thursday, but the games are coming thick and fast, with Bohemians tonight and Finn Harps at home on Monday.

Bohs finished second last season but have struggled so far this term, winning just twice in seven games and still without a victory at Dalymount.

"They have got very good players," said Higgins, who played for Bohemians in 2010.

"They went to Shamrock Rovers at the weekend and they were excellent in the game. That game could have gone either way.

"I'm not fooled because their league position is probably false at the minute. They have a lot of good players in attacking areas and we need to nullify that threat and then create more at the top end of the pitch ourselves to get a result."

Higgins admits it will take a number of weeks before he truly gets to know his players, but it is so far, so good for the City manager, who has been impressed by a 'brilliant attitude' in training.

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The Candystripes remain bottom of the table despite their 1-0 victory at Sligo last time out, but they could finally move up the standings with a good return from a busy weekend.

"It's great that the win came so quickly," said Higgins, who is likely to be without the injured Darren Cole again.

"With the players' hard work and endeavour in the game, they deserved to win. It wasn't a classic by any stretch but sheer grit and determination got us over the line.

"You're not going to get to know the players in three or four days that's for sure, but I can see straight away - and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see - that they are such an honest group and they'll give you absolutely everything, that's not in doubt.

"It's just about gradually making improvements and trying to facilitate that along with the rest of the staff to help improve the players individually and collectively, but that's going to take time."

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