As a very happy Derry City party departed Limerick’s Thomond Park on Sunday evening, team boss, Declan Devine cut a very happy manager.
And while he agreed that he would enjoy the long trip back to the Brandywell, the fact that he had added another three points to his league tally was particularly pleasing.
“It was important to get back to the bread and butter issues of the Airtricity League Premier Division after back to back fixtures in the Europa League,” said Devine.
“I’m not 100 per cent sure, but I think we may be the only team to record a Premier Division victory following our exploits in Europe.
“In fact, we talked about that very issue to the players during our training sessions while preparing for the trip to Limeick.
“We exphasised the importance of getting back to the domestic issues and not taking our eye of the ball.
“The lads had played in front of an attendance of 25,000 in Trabzon for our first Europa League match and while defeated 4-2, the fact that they scored twice said quite a lot about them and, indeed, kept that match alive.
“We then played in front of 3,000 of our own supporters at the Brandywell last Thursday night in what was an unforgettable atmosphere,” added the Derry boss.
“The players dearly wanted to get something out o f that game but it wasn’t to be. So as the Limerick match was the next, that was the most important one.
“As you notcied, there was a very small attendence in what is an amazing stadium, so that would prove a big change for us. It was always a worry but, thankfully, we got what we believe was a deserved victory and now it’s all about Sligo Rovers this Friday night at the Brandywell.
“That’s yet another big game for this club and with Sligo usually arriving at the Brandywell with a significant support behind them, it’s important that we get our ow n support out for this top of the table clash.
“Nothing will be won on Friday night, but a win would go a long way to helping us achieve our objectives.”