Declan Devine (above) will again warn his players on the dangers of complacency as Shelbourne return to Foyleside for tomorrow night’s Premier Divison fixture.
And with Johnny McDonnell’s side battling hard to avoid the dreaded drop to the First Division, Devine agreed that his side much match the workrate of the men from Drumcondra.
Shelbourne are positioned second from bottom of the Premier Division table on goal difference with 20 points, the same as basement side, Bray Wanderers.
However, McDonnell’s arrival has brought with it some decent results over recent games with the Tolka Park side now within two points of third placed Bohemians who entertain Sligo Rovers at the later time of 7.45 p.m.
“Shelbourne are currently fighting for their lives, therefore, we must be on our guard at all times,” said Devine.
“We’ve clearly been struggling at home of late and I really do believe that a good win and an improved performance could make a major difference to our season.
“I had no problem with our second half performance against St. Pat’s and, hopefully, we can build on that effort and get back to scoring goals at home and winning matches.
“But nothing can be taken for granted in this league, previous results have proved that to be the case. We need to be fully focused and totally committed to hard work if we are to push on and try to finish the season on a high.”
When pushed on his team selection for this evening’s game and, indeed, the possibility of Ryan Curran starting the game, the Derry boss played his cards close to his chest.
“Ryan played well against St. Pat’s when he came on and is certainly in contention. He’s regularly in the panel but I’d rather see how we are before making a decision at this stage,” concluded Devine.