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'There's no common sense': Derry City boss fumes at fixture list that 'defies logic'


Busy: Derry City manager Declan Devine
Busy: Derry City manager Declan Devine
Turnaround: Junior Ogedi is hoping to find the net again

By Eoin Wilson

Declan Devine is determined that Derry City get back to winning ways against Finn Harps this evening in what is likely to be his team's final home game for six weeks.

Due to international call-ups, games against Waterford and UCD at home will likely be postponed, leaving the Candystripes with just one away game in the next calendar month after this weekend's double bill against Harps at the Brandywell.

After playing 13 games in the past 54 days, Derry City face the prospect of just one in 32 days, leaving manager Devine flabbergasted.

"We've had three games in six days which is absolutely insane, two of which were away from home. Now we've six weeks without a home game which defies logic," he fumed after Tuesday's game at St. Patrick's Athletic.

"It sums up where the league is at the minute in my opinion.

"I've been the first to say 'bring on the games, this is what we want', but to not have a league game for six weeks, there's no common sense.

"We haven't got a game for six weeks yet we've two now in four days. It defies logic.

"We've played 18 games plus a League Cup game up until this point and now we don't have one for six weeks. It's madness, it's madness.

"If anyone can give me a feasible excuse for that then I'm all ears."

Devine is equally as frustrated with recent results, which has brought just one win in eight games for Derry, the latest of which was a 1-0 defeat to St. Pat's in midweek, a game in which his team missed several chances to score.

"We were very wasteful again in front of goal but again I can't fault the application of the players," he said.

"I thought we played some excellent football at times but ultimately it wasn't to be enough on the night.

"We haven't lost our spark at all. If you see all of our games you see that maybe we aren't picking up the points we should be picking up. We are playing football as good as anyone in the league in my opinion; we're passing the ball with great accuracy and purpose, and on another night I think we could have won the game quite comfortably."

Devine also backed striker Junior Ogedi, who could have had a hat-trick in the second-half of the Pat's game, but it was an off night for the player on loan from Colchester.

Devine is confident Ogedi will get back on track against Harps this weekend.

"He is in there, that's the thing, and he keeps coming back for more and that's the reality," he stated.

"He's a very good player, he's got League Two experience in England, he's a big strong lad with lots of pace and he's very technically gifted, but he just can't buy a goal at the minute and hopefully over the next couple of weeks he can add to his goal tally.

"There's absolutely no fault on his doorstep, we've all missed chances over the course of the last couple of games. Junior had an excellent game but ultimately he's missed a couple of chances but at least he's in there and continues to be in there."

Derry City vs Finn Harps

SSE Airtricity Premier Division

Brandywell, Tonight, 7.45pm

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