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Devine calls on Derry to regain winning feeling in Euro mission

 

High aims: Declan Devine
High aims: Declan Devine

By Eoin Wilson

Declan Devine is eager for his players to put the weekend derby defeat to Finn Harps behind them and get back to winning ways against Waterford at the Brandywell tonight.

The City boss, watching from the stands as he served a one-game suspension on Friday night, was angry with his team's performance as Harry Ashcroft scored the only goal to dent Derry's European hopes.

"We didn't perform on the night," he said. "We were poor, but I haven't said that too often about my players. I'm disgusted with Friday, but in the grand scheme of things we're now sitting two points behind the final tally for last season, and we've got 10 games left now to get as many points on board as we can, and that starts with Waterford.

"We have to make sure that we perform in front of our home crowd and get back on the winning track again."

With Bohs dropping points in a 1-1 draw with Sligo on Saturday, Devine's men are now six points behind the third-placed Dubliners with a game in hand, and with two huge cup games also coming up in the next few weeks, the manager wants big game players come to the fore.

"It's exciting. You don't want to be sitting after the last league game feeling sorry that you dropped points here, there and wherever. You want to be looking back with a sense of achievement. You want to look back and think, 'We did well'," he said.

"The pressure is on with 10 games to go, but that's when the top players come to the party.

"We're a million miles away from achieving anything, we're just looking at trying to win our next game, but when people are finished up for the season and you're looking back, you don't want to have any regrets."

Derry City

Waterford

SSE Airtricity Premier Division:

Brandywell Stadium, Tonight, 7.45pm

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