Limerick manager, Martin Russell claims his players have ‘regrouped’ after another defeat last Friday in Galway and are looking forward to the visit of Derry City to Jackman Park tomorrow (Monday) as they search for their first win of the season (kick-off 7.45pm).
The ‘Shannonsiders’ have just three points on the board so far following draws against Longford Town, Drogheda United and Dundalk.
Their last two outings have been on the road, where they suffered costly defeats by Bray Wanderers and Galway United on Friday which leaves them three points adrift at the bottom of the table.
However, Russell believes his side can turn it around when they meet seventh-placed Derry.
“We’ve regrouped after the Galway game in preparation for the big one against Derry and most of the players again are fit and ready to go,” said Russell.
“We’re eager for the game to come. Now, it’s looking forward to the next opportunity which comes at Jackman on Monday night. It’s a case of putting our best performance in and hopefully it will be good enough.
“We’re always confident but we realise again that the league is that competitive that nobody has just got a right to turn up. We’ve got to earn the win. We’ve got to concentrate first and foremost on putting on a performance that gives us the best chance and we’ll be giving it a go again.”
Last season, the points were shared in the three meetings which produced a win each and a draw.
Limerick took four points from The Brandywell – winning there for the very first time in their last encounter in October. On Derry’s only visit to Shannonside, in August, the ‘Candy Stripes’ won 4-0 at Thomond Park.
Derry, who have nine points, have not scored in their last three games – losing 3-0 at Cork City before back-to-back scoreless draws at home to Shamrock Rovers and Bray. Their last win came at home to Drogheda, 3-0, on March 27th.
Derry City boss, Peter Hutton must reshuffle his defence following the suspension of skipper, Ryan McBride who was sent off against Bray Wanderers on Friday night. In fact he is without three of his first choice back four with both Shane McEleney and Shaun Kelly expected to miss out with injuries. Dean Jarvis, Sean Houston or perhaps even Mark Timlin could be called upon to play alongside Seamus Sharkey and Aaron Barry who are expected to play at centre half.
Meanwhile, Limerick captain Shane Duggan could make a return to the starting line-up as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury while midfielder, Shane Tracey is also in line to make his first home appearance since re-singing last week. Russell’s side will be without left-back Colm Murphy (ankle).