Higgins wants Derry players to put on a show against champions Shamrock Rovers

Derry City may be switching their focus to the FAI Cup final with Shelbourne after missing out on the league title but manager Ruaidhri Higgins wants them to put on a good performance against Shamrock Rovers on Sunday evening Picture: Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus Crudden

SSE Airtricity Premier Division: Shamrock Rovers v Derry City (Sunday, 7pm)

DERRY City manager Ruaidhrí Higgins expects his players to put on a show at champions Shamrock Rovers tomorrow night.

While Stephen Bradley's side will receive the Premier Division trophy at the end of the game, their third triumph in a row, Higgins insists he wants his players to perform at what will be a packed Tallaght Stadium.

"The game is live on TV and the players here have enormous pride and will want to go down and put on a show and put in a really good performance," he insisted.

"We also want to try and keep this run going. We're unbeaten domestically since May 23 and we want to continue that.

"It's an unbelievable record and we won nine on the spin before our last two draws, so we'll not be too sore on the players because they've been absolutely brilliant.

"They deserve huge credit, the way they keep going whenever things are going perfectly, they keep going right to the end and fight for every point.

"The staff are really proud of their efforts both on and off the pitch this year "

With the FAI Cup Final against Shelbourne to look forward to in a few weeks, Higgins admits that the Aviva encounter is his main priority, however, he wants positive results from City's final two games against Rovers and home to Dundalk.

"We have two good games before the Shelbourne, so they'll be really good preparation for the cup final," he added.

"We have to be mindful that we can't win the league but we've secured our European place, so we have to be mindful that when we go to the Aviva on November 13 that we have all the players available, obviously apart from Ciaron Harkin, to go and try to win the cup."

Their previous four games against the Hoops have been ding dong battles and the Limavady man is expecting a similar type contest tomorrow.

"We've won two games all be it in the FAI Cup, drew one and lost one and to be honest the one which we lost you could argue that was our best performance against them," conceded Higgins.

"We've done well against them and we want to keep that going. We want to go down there and try to win the game and give us a springboard to go on and try to lift a trophy in a few weeks time."