Ruaidhri Higgins is hoping that Derry City can continue their exceptional record in Dublin when they face St. Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park tonight.
The Candystripes have already won at Shelbourne, Bohemians and UCD this season and head to the city for a fourth time hoping to maintain that 100% run.
“We do have a great record in Dublin and hopefully it remains that way,” says Higgins.
"It’s a great feeling going to Dublin and picking up the points. It makes the journey back up the road very pleasant and hopefully that’s going to be the same on Friday, but we know it’s going to be a really difficult task.
"The players are ready and we’ll give it a right crack and see how it goes.”
Higgins fully expects St Pat’s to make a push for the title this season and is not at all surprised that they are back in contention at the top of the Premier Division. Tim Clancy’s team are third at present and can close the gap on Derry to just four points with victory this evening.
“I don’t know that anyone would be surprised at that given what they brought in,” explains Higgins, who is set to be without midfielder Jack Malone due to a hip flexor problem.
“Eoin Doyle, just using one example, he was playing every single week for Bolton and scoring goals for Bolton and he made the move to Pat’s.
"It’s not as if he moved to Bolton, went down a few divisions then came back. He went straight from Bolton to Pat’s and people saw it as one of the biggest signings of the off-season.
“They also have the likes of Darragh Burns, Chris Forrester and Ben McCormack; they have so many outstanding attacking players that would make their mark on any team in this country.
"I’m certainly not surprised that they are in a position to push and I think at the start of the season, people were talking them up, so it’s no surprise.”
Back in March, the Dubliners lost to an injury-time goal from Will Patching at the Brandywell and Higgins is expecting another hard-fought game at a ground he is a big fan of.
“Pat’s play an open game and an attacking game,” he continues.
“Inchicore is a great ground to play. The pitch is normally in really good nick. It’s a ground I’ve always really liked going to, whether as a player or a coach so I’m looking forward to Friday night as are the players.”