PETER HUTTON believes Galway United’s EA Sports Cup heroics will have provided the ‘Tribesmen with a ‘shot in the arm’ ahead of tonight’s clash with a resurgent Derry City side.
Tommy Dunne’s battling troops booked their place in the 2015 League Cup final with a penalty shoot-out victory over league champions, Dundalk on Monday night.
Hutton made the trip to Eamon Deacy Park to watch that one and he was impressed with Galway’s battling qualities. And he expects them to deliver a similar performance against his ‘Candy Stripes’ who are seeking back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.
Tonight’s match is the beginning of the final third series of games, and Derry have so far shared one win apiece with Dunne’s side. An opening day 1-2 away win followed by a hugely disappointing 0-2 defeat at Brandywell last May.
“The cup win will certainly give them a bit of a lift,” said the Derry boss. “I went down and watched the game on Monday night and they acquitted themselves fairly well.
“It wasn’t a full strength Dundalk side but they did what they had to do and were very well organised, well drilled and tried to hit Dundalk on the counter,
We got a lot of confidence from the Longford result but it’s about building momentum and another positive result in Galway would certainly help in that regard.Peter Hutton
“It will give them a shot in the arm and it will probably negate the extra-time as they’ll be buzzing they’re in a cup final now.
“The players will all be battling now for a starting place in the cup final team.”
A victory for City would drag Galway back into the relegation mix as three points would move Hutton’s side above tonight’s opponents and potentially into eighth place!
“We got a lot of confidence from the Longford result but it’s about building momentum and another positive result in Galway would certainly help in that regard.”
Hutton bemoaned the referee’s decision not to award a penalty and sending off in the first minute of that encounter when Patrick McEleney was brought down inside the area.
That game would have had a totally different outlook had that decision been different so Hutton is hoping tonight’s match official, Mr Anthony Buttimer, will get the key decisions right.
“On that night the first half was particularly disappointing although we should have had a penalty and a sending off.
“The second half was much better but we went down there on the first game of the season and got the win so it is 1-1. But we go down with confidence given our result last week against Longford Town.”