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Players must battle to get through this rough patch, insists Derry City boss Ruaidhri Higgins

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Moving on: Liam Buckley and Sligo Rovers have parted company. Credit: INPHO/Tom Maher

Moving on: Liam Buckley and Sligo Rovers have parted company. Credit: INPHO/Tom Maher

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Moving on: Liam Buckley and Sligo Rovers have parted company. Credit: INPHO/Tom Maher

Derry City head to managerless Sligo Rovers this evening hoping for their first league win in five games.

The Candystripes are really struggling for form, having lost their last two amidst a run of just two wins in their last eight games.

Friday night’s 2-1 defeat to Dundalk was the latest setback for Ruaidhri Higgins team who have also failed to score a goal from open play in four games.

Now, on the occasion of his 50th game in charge of Derry City, Higgins is hoping that his team can dig deep to get back to winning ways.

“Every team has a period in the season that’s difficult and there’s no doubt that this is a difficult period we’re going through,” the manager admitted.

“We have great personalities and characters in the dressing rom. It wasn’t always going to be beautiful and rosy, so now we just need to man up and try and grind out a win and try and get the show back on the road.”

City do get the chance to respond quickly with the trip to Sligo today.

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The Bit O’Red have had an even more dramatic weekend, with the club announcing that they and manager Liam Buckley had parted by mutual consent following their loss to Bohemians.

Rovers, like Derry City, are without a win in five games, and Buckley’s assistant manager and former player John Russell will be in charge until a new manager is appointed.

In the meantime, Higgins, who always predicted a rough spell at some stage during the season, has every belief that his team can get back on track soon.

“It’s always the case that when you lose a game you want another to come quickly and thankfully, we have one on Monday,” he said.

“Sligo is obviously a difficult place to go, but we’ll go there and try and win the game which is what we always do. Every team goes through a period in the season that’s difficult and this is a difficult period for us.

“We were always going to have one, so it’s how we come out of it; be strong, be together and kick on. I know the players are strong enough and capable enough to snap out of this very quickly.”

SSE Airtricity Premier Division (7.45pm): Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers; Shelbourne v UCD; Sligo Rovers v Derry City; St Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemians; Finn Harps v Dundalk.


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