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Candystripes itching to show fans what we can really do: Fitzgerald

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Will Fitzgerald

Will Fitzgerald

Will Fitzgerald

Will Fitzgerald believes that the Derry City players are ready to show exactly what they are about by defeating Waterford at the Brandywell this evening (6pm).

This will be the first game for the Candystripes since their disappointing opening day defeat at Longford two weeks ago, a performance which resulted in huge criticism from a section of the club's supporters.

But Fitzgerald, who will be making his Brandywell debut today, is adamant that the players are ready to react positively and up their performance.

"I think the whole team and management were disappointed with our showing against Longford," Fitzgerald said.

"We've just been on the training ground in the last 14 days working hard and we're really looking forward to putting that result right now against Waterford and showing the fans what we really can do."

Former Waterford player Fitzgerald admits to being surprised that City struggled on day one, especially after a pre-season of positivity and progress.

"It was a surprise because if you look at all our pre-season games, we really did see a wide variety of what League of Ireland football is all about in terms of Finn Harps, who can go long or play physical, Bohs, who like to play through the thirds, Bray, who are playing good football at the minute, and Shamrock Rovers 'B', who have a young group of talent coming through.

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"We really were optimistic about the results and it was a bit of a kick in the teeth when the result didn't go our way against Longford because we were very confident going into it."

City are already playing catch-up because of their enforced break last week, but Fitzgerald believes that could be a blessing in disguise as it has given the team extra time to gel together.

"It's been very beneficial," he stated. "We've been on the training ground almost every day for the last two weeks, really working hard and getting the kind of foundations of the way we want to play.

"(Boss Declan Devine) impressed upon us that he wants to make the Brandywell a fortress this season, so that when teams step off the bus they know they are going to be in a real battle."


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