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Returning Derry ace Thomson is hungry to unleash his frustrations on St Patrick’s

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Derry City’s Joe Thomson. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

Derry City’s Joe Thomson. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

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Derry City’s Joe Thomson. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

Joe Thomson is determined to make up for lost time as he returns from a lengthy suspension against St. Patrick’s Athletic at the Brandywell tonight (7:45pm).

The midfielder hasn’t kicked a ball competitively since September when he scored a last-minute equaliser against Finn Harps, only to be sent off moments later.

His part in the melee between both teams which followed the goal earned Thomson a three-match ban and he has had to sit on the sidelines since as his team mates continued the chase for European qualification. Unsurprisingly, he is more than ready to get going.

“It’s not been easy,” he admits.

“I wouldn’t enjoy watching football knowing you could be out there, but the lads did well when I was out.

“It’s been a long time and I did get a game last week, but I’m looking forward to getting back into competitive action.

“It wasn’t aggressive, but maybe it was a tad unprofessional. A three-game ban was harsh, but I’ve got to take it on the chin.

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“Emotions were high because we had scored in the last minute. As soon as I scored the goal, I was just thinking about getting the ball back because I genuinely believed we could go and score again, but it wasn’t to be.”

Having not played any football in 35 days, Thomson is unsurprisingly ready to play his part against St. Pat’s, a team that has proved troublesome for the Candystripes this year.

Two away defeats either side of a draw at the Brandywell, in which Thomson scored one of his four goals this season, mean that City are still searching for a win over Pat’s in 2021.

“We’ve only taken one point out nine from them this season so we’ll be looking to improve on that and make it four out of 12 come Friday night,” he said.

“We know it’s not going to be easy because they’re sitting in second place. I don’t think they are out of the title race yet and I don’t think they will be thinking that. They will feel if they can go on a strong run between now and the end of the season they’ll put pressure on Shamrock Rovers.

“The two teams are going to go and attack and try and get the three points and that should make for a good spectacle.”

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