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Nobody pressing the panic button at Derry: defender Ciaran Coll

Derry City's Ciaran Coll says they can turn their season around despite a miserable start Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus Crudden

Airtricity Irish Premier League: Derry City v Drogheda United (tonight, Brandywell, 7.45pm)

DEFENDER Ciaran Coll isn't panicking despite Derry City's terrible start to the season.

Declan Devine's men entertain Drogheda United tonight, still searching for their first point, but Coll feels they can turn things around.

"Don’t be panicking too much because it’s a long season and we’re only four games in," he insisted.

"We have experience in this team; look at Will Patching and Eoin Toal and others, we will be able to turn this around.

"Hopefully that’s on Friday night. We just have to regroup and that’s what we have to do. It’s our job. Friday night is another game so hopefully we can turn it around.

The former Finn Harps man knows the pressure is on going into this evening's match against Tim Clancy's men, who themselves had a superb 4-0 win at Longford Town last weekend.

"There’s a wee bit of pressure coming into it," he added."Its not nice coming into a game under pressure so we have to try and take it away, and, on our home patch, start making it our patch.

"There are a few faces looking over the walls looking in watching us and we have to put a smile on their faces again.

"Hopefully Friday comes thick and fast and we can get the three points and get up and running.

"We just want to get three points on the board and get off the bottom of the table because this club does not belong where we’re at, at the minute."

Derry gave youngsters Caoimhin Porter, Ronan Boyce, Brendan Barr, Caolan McLaughlin and Patrick (Dixie) Ferry game time against champions Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday evening and the City left-back believes the young players can help the squad.

"They deserve their minutes. If you look at Caoimhin Porter coming on, and Ronan Boyce, Brendan Barr, Caolan McLaughlin and Dixie Ferry, these players deserve their chance, because in pre-season they have stepped up to the mark and they know that Declan (Devine), Paddy (McCourt) and Mark (McChrystal) will give them a chance.

"That’s exactly what they’ve done and hopefully they can keep driving on."

Elsewhere tonight in the Premier Division, Waterford entertain Bohemians; while tomorrow night champions Shamrock Rovers host Longford Town and lowly Dundalk, go in search of their first win of the season, face table toppers St Patrick's Athletic.

While in the First Division this evening leaders Athlone Town travel to Bray Wanderers; title favourites Shelbourne make the trip to Turners' Cross to face Cork City; Galway United host Treaty United; Cabinteely have home advantage over UCD and Cobh Ramblers visit Wexford.

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