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City must be at best to remain afloat against Cork: Devine

Declan Devine
Declan Devine

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City will attempt to heap even more misery on Cork City with victory at the Brandywell this evening.

John Caulfield's team are under increasing pressure after picking up just two points in their last six league games and a trip to the Brandywell to face a much-improved Derry City side is not ideal as they look to get back to winning ways.

The Candystripes have not beaten Cork since March 2016 when Ronan Curtis scored in a 1-0 win at the Brandywell but hopes are high on Foyleside that the long wait for a victory over the Leesiders will finally end.

But City boss Declan Devine is not in any mood to take Cork City for granted and is expecting a severe test.

"There's never a good time to play Cork," he said. "They are a big club who have a fantastic record against Derry recently.

"It has been a while since we have had a favourable result in terms of beating them, but we have to make our home form count. We were disappointed to drop points in Waterford so we have to make sure we pull a few points back at the weekend."

Derry are seeking a first league win in three games, after losing 1-0 at home to Shamrock Rovers last week before seeing a 92nd minute penalty deny them a win at Waterford on Easter Monday. One point from two games is a harsh return for two decent performances, according to the City boss.

"This league is very unforgiving if you make mistakes and you make bad decisions," he said.

"In the last two games no-one has cut us open with good play. We are talking about two of the teams that qualified for Europe last year and finished in the top four. There's no-one in this league so far that has given us a football lesson and that's credit to our players because they are giving us everything."

Defenders Ally Gilchrist and Conor McDermott, who both missed the game at Waterford, could return tonight, while midfielder Ciaron Harkin should also regain his place after missing the game at the RSC through injury.

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