Hutton: Derry City aiming to move up Airtricity table

Ryan McBride may miss tonight's league match against Sligo Rovers due to a hip injury

MANAGER Peter Hutton is concentrating on looking at sides above Derry City, rather than down the table.

The Brandywell men travel to Sligo Rovers tonight knowing a victory over Mick Adams’ side would move them further clear of their opponents and if results go their way they could possible move above Longford Town into seventh spot.

“We are looking to try and claw one or two other clubs who are above us at the minute, back to us,” he stated.

“We have to play them all again and while this game won’t make or break our season, it will certainly have a big bearing on it, so it’s important that we go to Sligo in a positive frame of mind.”

City travel to the Showgrounds with a number of injury concerns, but despite the problems the Derry boss remains upbeat.

Skipper Ryan McBride is struggling with a hip flexor problem, Stephen Dooley has a hamstring injury and Patrick McEleney is also a doubt with a rib injury and midfielder Conor McCormack definitely misses out through suspension.

“We are looking forward to the game but yeah we looked to be down a few bodies,” he added.

“It looks like Stephen Dooley could be out for a while with a hamstring injury, Ryan is struggling with a hip problem and he didn’t participate in training this weekend at all.

“Patrick is still struggling with his rib injury and he too is extremely doubtful, while obviously Conor is suspended, so while we are certainly going to be down a few bodies, Ciaran O’Connor comes back into the squad.

“Sligo got a good win all be it against ten men at Drogheda United on Friday night and they’ll be buoyed by that, but to be honest I don’t really care about Sligo, we just want to concentrate on ourselves and go and get the three points.

“This weekend was all about recovery and getting energy back into the player’s legs.

“It’s going to be a very tough Sligo will certainly have had it a lot easier on Friday night than us in terms of that they were playing against ten men and winning the game fairly comfortably, were as ourselves the boys put in a tremendous shift, so hopefully we can recharge the batteries and go again.”

There is a full SSE Airtricity League of Ireland Premier Division programme this evening with the match of the night taking place at Tallaght Stadium as Shamrock Rovers host title challenging Cork City in front of the RTE cameras.

Another top game sees champions Dundalk face in-form St Patrick’sAthletic at Oriel Park, Bohemians visit Bray Wanderers, Galway United entertain Drogheda United and Limerick, who secured their third win-in-a-row at old rivals Cork on Friday night, take on Longford Town at Markets Field.

While in the First Division title chasing UCD, who will be looking to close the gap on leaders Wexford Youths, come up against Athlone Town at The UCD Bowl.


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