DERRY City manager Peter Hutton believes his players can use last year’s FAI Cup final heartache as motivation for this evening’s third round tie against Drogheda United.
The Brandywell men lost 2-0 to St Patrick’s Athletic in the 2014 final and manager Hutton believes his side can go one step further this year.
“It’s a great opportunity to get into a quarter-final of the cup and I think everyone is aware that there a few non league teams still in the cup. When you get to this stage it’s one of those, where it could be our year,” stated Hutton.
“If you can get past Drogheda you certainly start thinking like that, thinking about getting back to the Aviva and trying to go one step better than last year.”
“It’s important that we get the job done against Drogheda.”
“They are all big games from now until the end of the season and it’s certainly a competition we want to do well in.
“A win could help prolong the season in terms the fans interest, so it’s impertative that we get the win and do whatever it takes just to get into the next round.”
With the Candy Stripes struggling in the league, the gaffer feels now his side need to be at their best in every game. He said that wasn’t the case last year.
“We probably sacrificed the league campaign a bit last year to make sure that we were right for the cup, but that can’t be the case this year,” he added.
“We have to play as strong a side as we can in all competitions. We don’t have the luxury of a big squad, but we’ll be doing our upmost to progress.”
Duo Conor McCormack and Ciaran O’Connor are both cup tied having played with St Patrick’s Athletic and Dundalk respectively in the last round, while Aaron McEneff (ankle) and Stephen Dooley (hamstring) continue to struggle.