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It's key that Candystripes rediscover clinical edge, says goalkeeper Cherrie

Sligo Rovers 0 Derry City 0

Clean sheet: Peter Cherrie
Clean sheet: Peter Cherrie

By Eoin Wilson

Peter Cherrie believes the 0-0 draw at Sligo Rovers on Saturday night was a missed opportunity for Derry City.

The goalkeeper played a key part in City's seventh clean sheet of the season and his only disappointment was that his team were not able to get a goal.

The Candystripes certainly had the chances to claim victory and, with Waterford, Bohemians and St Patrick's all dropping points 24 hours earlier, Cherrie was left disappointed.

"At the end of the season we will probably look back on this as one we should have won," he said. "Coming up here we knew we had to win. We had that many chances that any other day we could have won four, five, 6-0 but it just wasn't to be.

"We're putting headers over the bar and Jackie (Ciaron Harkin) has missed a one-on-one but we didn't get beat."

City could have taken charge in the first two minutes when Eoin Toal missed a free header from close range and Cherrie admits a goal then would have made it a different game entirely.

"It's just 90 seconds into the game and if that goes in the whole game changes," he acknowledged. "We score that, we take control and we dictate what happens. I think we missed that many chances we allowed Sligo back into it a bit and they created a couple of chances."

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City must return to Inchicore tomorrow night to face St Pat's for the third time in just over a month and Cherrie insists there is no reason why he and his team-mates can't replicate the win they enjoyed there in April.

"We're not strangers but you'll never know a team inside out," he said. "I know we play each other that many times. It's another game, another quick turnaround, and we'll get back on the training ground and prepare because it's going to be another tough game and we have to go and put in a performance.

"We've no fear going away. We know we're hard to beat but we have to start taking our chances. We have to believe in ourselves because we are good enough and we have shown that. We are going to come good."

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