Belfast Telegraph

Winning run is now the main target for Peter Hutton

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City head to Galway this evening (7.45pm) hoping to repeat the victory they earned at Eamonn Deacy Park back in March.

Derry came from a goal behind to win at Galway on the opening day of the season, with Sean Houston and Ryan Curran getting the goals in a 2-1 victory.

However, that proved a rare success for the Candystripes who have struggled badly since, going 12 league games without a win until they defeated Longford Town at the Brandywell last week.

Despite those much needed three points Derry remain in a relegation tussle and unless they win successive league games for the first time in a year, they face a desperate fight to stay away from the bottom places between now and the end of the season.

City boss Peter Hutton is certainly not getting carried away with one win, knowing there are still some tough hurdles to overcome.

"It gave everyone a huge lift in term of their confidence and you could see that in the players ,but to be fair there was a really good vibe prior to the game and you could sense that people thought it would be our night. Thankfully it was," Hutton said.

"Even after the Bohs game I said we were going to give some team a tanking and we did that against Longford.

"The one or two additions on and off the field gave us a freshness and a bit of an edge again and we thoroughly deserved the victory, but we can't just pat ourselves on the back after getting three points because we have to try and build on it.

"There is still a lot of hard work ahead of us.

"It was only a few weeks ago that Sligo beat Longford at home and I'm sure they thought that would be a platform for them to build on.

"It hasn't transpired that way so we have to learn from that.

"One win doesn't take us out of trouble; we're still very much in a dogfight and we have to build on the performance last week."

Hutton has close to a full strength squad to choose from this evening, although striker Cillian Morrison could be left out of the reckoning after suffering from a virus.

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