PETER Hutton believes that Derry City can enjoy a “Good Friday” night at Turner’s Cross this evening, provided his defensive unit can replicate the performance exhibited against Drogheda. (7.45 p.m.)
And the Brandywell boss, who remains upbeat after last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Drogheda, has confidence that his “work in progress” squad would continue to improve as the 2015 season progresses.
“I believe we are capable of getting a favourable result in Cork, but we will certainly need a bit of luck to achieve a win,” claimed Hutton.
“However, we must also play to our capabilities as I believe we are getting there. In fact, I can see a marked improvement from that first half performance against Galway.
“We improved against Dundalk, against Sligo and we were very disappointed not to get something from the match against St. Pat’s as I felt we also played well at Inchicore,” he added.
With Cork City having invested heavily this year with players of the calibre of Liam Miller, Alan Bennett, Kieran Djilali, Karl Sheppard and Gavin Hoolahan having all joined the “Leesiders.”
Hutton agreed that those additions to last season’s formidable squad which was pipped for the title in the final game of last season, makes them one of the league favourites this season.
“They have a huge first team squad and having added great quality, so we face a very tough test.
“Obviously, if we are to get anything from the match, we must be sound defensively and our goalkeeper and back four must play well. We must also take advantage of scoring opportunities and the players are looking forward to the challenge on Friday night.”