Devine delighted at team’s reaction
Derry City manager Declan Devine said that he was delighted to have recorded a second win inside four days when his team beat Bohemians 2-1 in Dalymount Park on Friday evening.
Friday’s win comes hot on the heels of Derry’s 4-1 drubbing of Monaghan United in Gortakeegan on Tuesday evening and with Bray Wanderers due to visit the Brandywell tomorrow night, Devine is confident that his team can continue to climb the table.
“I was absolutely delighted with how the players performed on Friday night.
“Last season we played 42 games inside 40 weeks but this season is already 12 weeks old and already we have played 21 games - our game against Bray on Monday will be our 22nd game of the season.
“The players are giving absolutely everything and I am over the moon that they put the disappointment of what happened against Crusaders last weekend behind them and gone on to win their next two league games - here’s hoping for another one against Bray on Monday.”
Team selection has been one of Devine’s least favourite tasks of recent weeks as it acts as a constant reminder of just how “depleted” his squad is.
The Derry boss is currently without such key players as Mark Farren, Stewart Greacen and Kevin Deery.
Devine’s headache was almost made even worse when striker Rory Patterson had to be replaced at half-time by youngster Ryan Curran.
“Rory Patterson has an inflamed ankle and it’s something we have been monitoring.
“Fair play to Rory because he said to me during half-time against Bohs that he was prepared to play on but Rory’s health is important to this team so we decided to bring on Ryan Curran.”
He added: “I have to give credit to Ryan Curran because when he came on he played very well.
“Ryan did everything that we told him to do and I certainly think he’s a player we’ll be seeing more from.
“It was a great team performance and one that I am proud of.”
Friday’s win over Aaron Callaghan’s men means that Derry lie in fifth and are only four points behind Stephen Kenny managed Shamrock Rovers.
Despite their recent run of good form the Candy Stripes are still 12 points behind league leaders Sligo Rovers but Devine said that anything is possible should the team record further good results.
“In my opinion it’s always tough to go to Dalymount Park and come away with a result but we have done that with a depleted squad.
“We have always said that we wanted to improve our league form and we have done it against Monaghan and now Bohemians but we have the visit of Bray on Monday night to think about now.”
He added: “Bray are the in form team at the minute and everyone knows the threat that Jason Byrne can pose.
“Bray have made a habit of coming to the Brandywell and grinding out results in recent seasons and Monday will be no different.
“Bray will believe that they can get a win against us on Monday but I know that if we play to the best of our abilities then we will give ourselves a great chance of coming away with all three points.”
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