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Flying start: Walter Figueira has quickly become a fans’ favourite since joining Derry City

Flying start: Walter Figueira has quickly become a fans’ favourite since joining Derry City

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Flying start: Walter Figueira has quickly become a fans’ favourite since joining Derry City

Declan Devine is hoping that Walter Figueira can come back to haunt his old team when Derry City face Waterford at the RSC this evening.

The 24-year-old was a star for Alan Reynolds' team last season but has since moved to the Brandywell and scored his first goal for his new club in the victory over Bohemians last Friday.

Figueira has also been nominated for the SSE Player of the Month award for February and Devine feels that after a good start, the Londoner can only improve.

"He'll be a very good player for the club and he will only get better here," he said.

"He can give you different roles and he excites people. He's a player who can be creative and he's also got goals in him. I'm delighted for him that we have him here and I'm delighted that he's playing in a red and white shirt and not a blue shirt against us. He's up for Player of the Month and fair play to him."

The Candystripes got their first win on the board at the third time of asking last week, beating Bohemians 2-0, and Devine is hoping that with the first victory out of the way, his team can start to get into their stride.

"I think this group will evolve and get better," he continued. "The key for this moment in time is to make sure we get as many points on the board as we can in the early games and then continue to strive to get your style of play and your players knowing everything about each other.

"It's pretty much impossible to do that in an eight-week period. It's a 40-week season and as the weeks go by we have to make sure that we continue to get better."

Derry have failed to win in Waterford since 2007, but could well be the favourites tonight as Reynolds' side have lost their last two games at the RSC.

Devine, who could be without Ciaran Coll (knee) and Ally Gilchrist (concussion), is taking nothing for granted.

"You could go through the Waterford team and there's a lot of talent in there and a lot of experience, but there's also a lot of players who can hurt you if you're not right so we're under no illusions," he stated.

"It's going to be a big battle down here. It's our first game on grass so it has the makings of a fantastic game. I know Alan Reynolds very well and he will be very determined that they don't lose three home games in a row.

"It's not about the beautiful game to be honest.

"I'd rather go to Waterford which is a difficult venue and be able to dig out a brilliant win than be very expansive and pretty and lovely on the ball and come away with a 1-0 defeat."

Waterford vs Derry City

Airtricity Premier Division:

Regional Sports Centre, Tonight, 7.45pm

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