Derry City will look to get back to winning ways this Friday evening when they play host to Drogheda United in The Brandywell.
Having lost on their travels on Tuesday to St Patrick’s Athletic, it will be vital for Peter Hutton’s men to respond to that defeat in front of their home crowd.
On the injury front Derry are looking at a sizeable amount of squad missing Friday evenings game. Shaun Kell , Dean Jarvis, Ryan McBride, Ger Doherty and Philip Lowry are all serious doubts for the game while Stephen Dooley is definitely out.
Derry will however have Mark Timlin back available having served out his suspension on Tuesday evening.
Drogheda under the guidance of new boss Johnny McDonnell have started the season in a rich vein of form, notching up wins against Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers, while Tuesday evenings draw at home to Limerick see’s then sitting on seven points from a possible 12.
The last time the two sides played in the league the Louth outfit ran out winners by a single goal in United park, while the last time the two came face to face in The Brandywell, goals from Michael Duffy and Rory Patterson gave the Candystripes a two nil victory.
Speaking ahead of the game Derry Manager Peter Hutton has this to say. “I think just last Tuesday night this will be another tough game, in fact they will all be tough games in the league this season. Drogheda come into the game after getting a good point at home to Limerick on Tuesday night a game which they had to play with ten men from the 30th minutes, so they will have a boost of confidence. We had a decent performance against St Pats but got hit with two goals that we didn’t really deal with. The first goal was a great finish but very optimistic. But we had a couple of chances but just didn’t show a cutting edge in front of goal. We must put Tuesdays game behind us and concentrate on Friday nights game, Drogheda posses a couple of major threats, the likes of Daryl Kavanagh and Sean Thornton to name just two, but we know what we need to do and if we perform to the level we know we can we should come away with three points.”