Football/Soccer

Hutton hoping it's third time lucky for Derry

Derry City boss Peter Hutton knows his side face a tough task against Drogheda United
Seamus Crudden

Derry City manager Peter Hutton is hoping it’s third time lucky for his side against Drogheda United tonight.

The Candystripes have already lost twice to a side who have appointed a new boss and Hutton is hoping that run doesn’t continue this evening.

Last Sunday, United’s Johnny McDonnell resigned as manager and was replaced by former Republic of Ireland international Mark Kinsella and Hutton believes the Drogs will get a lift with the change in management.

“We have played two teams in similar situations already this season and we haven’t won either game against Bray and Sligo, so it’s imperative this time that we correct that and go and get the win,” stated the Derry gaffer.

“I’m sure that Mark’s appointment will reinvigorate the Drogheda dressing room and the boys will have to go out and impress the new manager, so yes it will give them a lift.

“But we just have to make sure that we are focused on ourselves and go out and do what it takes to get the three points.”

Only a few weeks ago City recorded a comfortable 3-0 FAI Cup win over United, but since then they have signed former Derry defender Roddy Collins Jr and ex-Republic of Ireland international Keith Treacy. The duo are likely to be involved this evening.

“They’ve added one or two new faces since we last played them who will be good additions to their squad,” said Hutton.

“It’s a massively important game for both teams for similar reasons and it’s imperative we go out and get the win.

“I still suspect there to be a lot of twists and turns this season. Teams will take points off each other between now and the end of the season.
“I don’t think winning this game would make us automatically safe. We’re still in a precarious position and we have to build on the positive performances we’ve had of late.

“It’s about building momentum now. Confidence is high and we want to keep that going and go on a run between now and the end of the season and finish as strong as possible.”

City will be without suspended trio Ryan McBride, Philip Lowry and Cillian Morrison, while duo Mark Timlin and Stephen Dooley are struggling with hamstring and calf problems respectively, but on the plus side Conor McCormack returns to the squad.

Meanwhile, there’s a Dublin derby at Tallaght Stadium this evening with Shamrock Rovers hosting Bohemians, Bray Wanderers entertain Cork City and bottom side Limerick have home advantage over an out of form St Patrick’s Athletic.

Leaders Dundalk come up against Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park and Longford Town make the trip to Eamonn Deacy Park to face Galway United.

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