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Losing back to back games just not an option for City, warns Deery

Waterford v Derry City, SSE Airtricity Premier Division, RSC, Today, 4.00pm

Bouncing back: Assistant boss Kevin Deery
Bouncing back: Assistant boss Kevin Deery

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City hope to get back to winning ways as they face an Easter Monday clash with Waterford at the RSC this afternoon.

The 1-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers at the weekend has seen the Candystripes fall from second to fourth spot in the Premier Division, and in a competitive league, assistant manager Kevin Deery knows each point is precious.

"We are delighted with this group of players," he said.

"We have invested a lot of hours, all of us, and we're disappointed for them not to get anything against Rovers, but in this league you can't go back-to-back losses because you want to get on the wagon again.

"We know it's not going to be easy in Waterford but we have got to go there and believe that everything we did against Rovers will get us a result if we do it down there."

This will be the first visit to the RSC for Derry City since the humiliating 4-0 loss there last May, the club's biggest ever defeat against the Blues. Only four players - Eoin Toal, Conor McDermott, Jamie McDonagh and Darren Cole - remain from the team which played that day, all four could be involved this afternoon.

There is a marked difference in belief in the squad this time around however and Deery believes that the players will react bravely to defeat, as they have proved already this season.

"We're disappointed with the loss obviously but the last time we had a Friday-Monday, we had a really good away performance then," he explained.

"We have got to take confidence out of all our performances because they have been very good in the last number of weeks, as was the Shamrock Rovers performance."

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