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Derry City boss Ruaidhri Higgins. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

Derry City boss Ruaidhri Higgins. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

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Derry City boss Ruaidhri Higgins. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

Derry City manager Ruaidhri Higgins believes it is only a matter of time before his team get their first home win of the season.

The Candystripes are the only team in the Premier Division not to win at home this season, with a record of three defeats and three draws from six games at the Brandywell.

Derry City needed a last-gasp equaliser from James Akintunde to save a point against Longford at the weekend, but the City boss was far from downbeat after the game given the circumstances.

“We will win at home,” he predicted. “We’ve created chances against Finn Harps, although we weren’t brilliant and we created a lot of chances against Longford.

“It will come. The good thing about this group of players is that they’re very resilient and keep going.

“I’m very proud of them that they keep going until the end and I’m delighted that from the minute I walked through the door they’ve given me everything.

“So I have no complaints from that end. It just shows the character within the group and I feel over time it will get better. It’s coming.”

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Higgins has been in charge for just over two weeks but already he has seen enough belief from his players to feel that they will make their mark this season, despite a tumultuous start to the campaign.

“I could see it in them from minute one walking in the door that they have real guts and courage and all those things,” he added. “They don’t disappoint you, they keep going right to the end and even against Finn Harps we’ve hit the post in the 95th minute.

“It just shows the character in the group and I think over time the team will improve and get better. I knew we would get a chance or two towards the end of the game. We got as many forward thinking players on the pitch as possible and it came for us; we got the wee bit of luck that I feel we deserved.

“I felt in terms of our attacking play and possession of the ball I felt it was our best performance comfortably. It’s hard to be critical because they’ve given absolutely everything again.

“When you’re on top in games and create chance after chance you have to be ruthless and they’re games we probably should be winning given our dominance in the game.”

Derry’s next game is on Saturday when they travel to champions and league leaders Shamrock Rovers.


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