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Sligo pose big threat but we'll be ready for challenge, says Derry boss Devine

Sligo Rovers v Derry City, SSE Airtricity Premier Division, The Showgrounds, Tonight, 7.45pm

Road warrior: Derry City have one of the division’s best away records under manager Declan Devine
Road warrior: Derry City have one of the division’s best away records under manager Declan Devine

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City face a rejuvenated Sligo Rovers team in an eagerly anticipated Northwest derby at the Sligo Showgrounds this evening.

Liam Buckley's side have suffered from an inconsistent start to the season, but they have picked up momentum in recent weeks, defeating both Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers at home.

They will now be hoping to add Derry City's name to that list with a victory which would move them to within three points of the Candystripes.

City boss Declan Devine is well aware of the prowess of tonight's opponents but says his team will be ready.

"I think every game we go into everybody seems to be hitting a bit of form," he said.

"We have got to be very respectful that the top two teams in the country have gone to Sligo in recent weeks and lost. They also went 3-2 up in Waterford and they had a penalty to win it and you don't do that unless you're a good side.

"We've watched a lot of Sligo over the last few days and they possess a real attacking threat. Romeo Parkes and young (Ronan) Coughlan are good players and we'll have to be really at our best if we want to get something from the game because as you see in the league table, everybody is catching up and taking points off each other.

"Teams like Sligo had to recruit heavily like ourselves and they needed those opening sets of games to get them up to speed and, to be fair to Liam, he has got his team now and they are taking points off all the big boys so we have to make sure we go down there with the right frame of mind."

Despite Sligo's form, City do boast one of the best away records in the division and Devine is hoping to add to the 13 points gained on the road so far.

"Our away form has been excellent," he continued.

"We have been very good on the road and we play with no fear but we have to be wary that Sligo can cause us problems. It's a Northwest derby and both teams will try and win.

"It will be an open match again, as most of our games are. We are expansive and we try to play and at times the opposition are getting chances to play so we have to try to nullify the threat of Sligo while at the same time give a good attacking display of our own."

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