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Ogedi-Uzokwe gets me off my seat, says Devine

 

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City are without top scorer David Parkhouse tonight as they welcome high-flying Bohemians to the Brandywell.

The 19-year-old, on loan from Sheffield United, has been a real hit at Derry this season and leads the way with five goals, the latest of which came against Waterford last Monday. But after picking up his fifth caution of the season against Shamrock Rovers, he misses out tonight.

In his absence, Declan Devine has backed Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe to shine.

The versatile forward, on loan from Colchester United, has started every single league game under Devine, and has two goals and two assists to his name in all competitions. Used primarily on the left wing, Junior may find himself in a more central role against Bohemians, who are hoping to enjoy a third successive win at the Brandywell.

Devine has backed Junior from day one and is no doubt he can make an impact tonight.

"Junior played at centre-forward down in Dalymount and did brilliantly," he said.

"There's not many players in the league gets you up the pitch the way Junior does. He gets a hold of the ball really well, travels with it and links play really well and when he gets one vs. one in the final third it's exciting.

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"A lot of people are still finding out about Junior but I see what he brings every day. I think he's been brilliant, especially at the Brandywell, I think he's exciting. I'm delighted that he's here and hopefully he can push on again."

Bohemians have really impressed this season, with some even backing them to challenge for the title, especially after two successive wins over Shamrock Rovers already. But a victory for Derry City tonight would see the teams tied on 27 points,

Defender Ally Gilchrist faces a late fitness test after missing the games against Waterford and Cork City.

Derry City  vs Bohemians

SSE Airtricity Premier Division

Brandywell Stadium, Tonight, 7.45pm

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