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No room for complacency in Candystripes' League Cup defence, says Devine

 

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City are hoping to take one step closer to retaining the EA Sports League Cup when they face neighbours Finn Harps in an eagerly anticipated quarter-final at the Brandywell tonight.

It's the second time in three days that the Candystripes will welcome the Ballybofey side to the Brandywell, having convincingly dispatched of Ollie Horgan's team in Friday's league encounter ­- with a strike from Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe and a Ciaron Harkin hat-trick helping them to all three points.

However, manager Declan Devine said they cannot afford complacency against their rivals.

"To win two games in three days is very difficult, to win two games in three days against the same opponents is really difficult," insisted the manager. "They're going to be hurting and our boys have to make sure they don't get carried away with Friday's result."

While City's form had stuttered in recent weeks with draws against Dundalk, St Pat's and Sligo followed by a defeat to Pat's last Tuesday, the Candy Stripes showed no signs of low confidence on Friday as they dominated Harps and Devine explained that he has been pleased with the performance of his squad.

"It was a good win. I don't think there was any disappointment over the last couple of weeks," he said.

"We went away to Dundalk and drew having been 2-0 down, we drew at home to St Pat's who beat us twice 5-0 last year, and we went away to Sligo and got a 0-0 draw, so there seems to be a lot of people with problems about our performances, but our performances have been good and anybody who was there on Friday will have thoroughly enjoyed the performance of the players.

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"At the same time we have to make sure that we're ready for Monday because it's another big game coming quickly."

Meanwhile, City forward Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, the only player in the squad to have featured in all 20 games for the Candy Stripes this season, is hoping to play a part again with only two games to be played in the next six weeks.

"We want to win every game we play and the cup is massive so we are going to go and try to win the game," he said.

"Three points is obviously massive and I think this is our only home game for six weeks so it was a massive three points."

Derry City vs Finn Harps

EA Sports Cup quarter-final

Brandywell Stadium, Tonight, 7.45pm

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