PAUL HEGARTY claims Derry City have still a ‘long way to go’ to secure their Premier Division status despite climbing into the top half of the table with a crucial victory over Bray Wanderers.
The Candy Stripes, who have registered seven points from a possible nine since caretaker boss, Hegarty took charge, find themselves SIX points clear of bottom of the table Limerick who they travel to meet next weekend.
And while any relegation concerns were significantly eased by the 3-1 win over Bray at Brandywell, Hegarty insists his side will continue to fight for every point until they are mathematically safe from the drop.
“There’s a long way to go and it’s far from being done and dusted,” claimed Hegarty. “We have to pick up more points and we’ll go to Limerick next week and try get a win down there.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen next week or the week after it,” he continued. “We just take one game at a time and we’re at Limerick next and we’ll try and win that. That’s the best we can do.
“It’s awfully congested at the bottom half of the table. You could end up finishing sixth or even finishing bottom yet. This win takes us into sixth and things are looking up. But there’s still along way to go!”
It’s awfully congested at the bottom half of the table. You could end up finishing sixth or even finishing bottom yet. This win takes us into sixth and things are looking up. But there’s still along way to go!Paul Hegarty
Derry had raced into a 2-0 lead through a terrific strike from Mark Timlin on four minutes and a headed goal from Dean Jarvis six minutes later - his second in three games!
It was clear Hegarty had wanted his side to put Bray under pressure from the off and he couldn’t have dreamt for a better start to the game.
“We started like a house on fire and I thought we could have had one or two more before half-time,” he said. “But if someone had of asked me before the match would I take 3-1 I would have broke their arm for it.
“The players were excellent. Their workrate, their application and everything about them was superb. We changed the way we played tonight. We went 4-4-2 because we felt we hadn’t created as many chances in the previous two games as we would have liked. And we had a proper go from the start and the players done the business.”