Oak Leafs must avoid defeat

All Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifier Round 2, Clones, Monaghan 11/7/2009'Monaghan vs Derry'Derry's Eoin Bradley celebrates a second half point'Mandatory Credit �PRESS EYE /INPHO/James Crombie *** Local Caption ***

All Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifier Round 2, Clones, Monaghan 11/7/2009'Monaghan vs Derry'Derry's Eoin Bradley celebrates a second half point'Mandatory Credit �PRESS EYE /INPHO/James Crombie *** Local Caption ***

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Derry boss John Brennan goes into this afternoon’s National Football League clash with Westmeath knowing what it is he has to do to avoid relegation from Division Two.

If Derry win in Mullingar they avoid relegation; it’s that simple!

“The scenario for us is very simple,” said Brennan. “We have to go and win the game. If we win we might end up in third position and that would be a reasonable achievement given the sort of troubles we have had with injuries and things.”

Although Derry’s league campaign may not have not have gone as Brennan would have liked he does have something to be happy about.

Corner-forward Eoin Bradley, who sustained a knee injury during last year’s Championship campaign, could feature in Mullingar.

Dermot McBride and Michael Friel also look set to return for the Oak Leafs but Ballinderry forward Conleith Gilligan is unavailable after undergoing an operation on his groin.

“Dermot [McBride] and Michael [Friel] will hopefully be fit but we will be without Conleith.

“Westmeath were defeated the last time out but I don’t want to concentrate on the opposition too much.

“We have to go to Mullingar and get the result we need. If we do that then there is nothing any of the other teams can do about our position and we won’t have a look at the other results.”

Derry are currently in fourth position in Division Two on five points but they are only one point ahead of Westmeath.

It means that five teams will be vying not to be one of the two relegated but with Meath and Louth facing off against one another it means that either Derry, Westmeath or Monaghan will be relegated also.