DERRY CITY manager, Peter Hutton has promised to delve into the transfer market this week in search of a striker but has stressed any new arrival must add significant firepower to his mis-firing attack.
Hutton, who watched his side fail to score for an 11th time this season as they lost 0-2 to Cork City on Friday night, has identified several transfer targets who fit the bill, but he refused to ‘name names’ until any negotiations are finalised.
He did admit that he has several ‘irons in the fire’ and reiterated his desire to bring in a creative player when the July Transfer Window opens on Wednesday next.
The Derry boss had expressed his interest in wantaway Portadown striker, Darren Murray earlier this week but the Belfast man is expected to stay in the Irish League. And Hutton’s ex- Cliftonville teammate, Rory Donnelly has signed a two year deal with Gillingham yesterday, ruling out any slim possibility of securing his services.
However, Hutton refuses to be deterred and admits he’s ‘actively seeking’ one or two ‘new faces’ to bring in before their return to action against Bray Wanderers in two weeks time.
Following Friday’s defeat to second placed, Cork City, Hutton admitted his side continue to lack guile and a cutting edge in front of goal.
We’re trying to recruit one or two new faces to try and freshen it up and give us something that we don’t have at the moment.Peter Hutton
Derry have netted just 12 goals from their opening 18 league matches, scoring only four in their last nine league games! It’s an area where Hutton feels he desperately needs to strengthen.
“Hopefully, come the Bray game, we’ll get one or two new faces in,” said Hutton. “We want someone who can add to the squad, improve the squad and add to the competition.
“We have a few irons in the fire and we’re hopeful of something happening soon.
“We’re actively trying to bring in one or two new faces,” he added. “We have freed up money from having let one or two boys go.
“So we’re trying to recruit one or two new faces to try and freshen it up and give us something that we don’t have at the moment.
“Goals is a priority and we have to try and get someone who can give us a bit more of a cutting edge.
“While the boys did well to get into some very good positions against Cork, sometimes they elected to pass instead of shoot.
“And to be fair to Cork they put their bodies on the line and made some blocks.
“But we lacked a bit of guile in the final third.”
WARRENPOINT FRIENDLY SCHEDULED
Derry must face into another two week break from competitive action dwelling on Friday’s defeat.
However, Hutton has ensured any ‘doom and gloom’ surrounding the defeat won’t fester as he hastily arranged a friendly match against Irish Premiership club, Warrenpoint Town next Saturday.
And he believes the break from league action can be a positive for his side as he attempts to bring several players closer to full match fitness.
“If anything it (the break) gives us time to get organised and get more players up to match fitness,” he added.
“There’s still one or two lacking in terms of fitness and that should get them up to speed quickly.
“We have a game planned for next Saturday so that will make sure we have a normal week and a game at the end of it.
“And then we can look forward to Bray the following week.
“Warrenpoint are obviously in pre-season so I think it will be a good game for us.”
Despite Friday’s loss to a vastly experienced Cork City, Hutton took plenty of positives from the performance.
And he believes the 2-0 result, flattered the visitors.
“I thought, particularly first half, we played really well.
“The first goal was just a sucker punch - a lapse in concentration from a throw-in situation.
“We were chasing the game after that. I thought we kept the ball well in the second half and then it was a real sucker punch at the death.
“Aaron Barry got caught under the ball and the guy got across him and drew the contact for the penalty.
“The sending off was harsh given that the penalty was already given.”