DERRY CITY boss, Peter Hutton expects bottom of the table Limerick to arrive at Brandywell tonight intent on rubbing salt in the wounds of his struggling side.
Martin Russell’s side are without a win in 19 Premier Division games and languish 10 points adrift at the foot of the table. However, Hutton expects a tough test for his side who are low in confidence after last week’s 1-0 defeat in Bray.
“It’s a huge game for both teams in terms of where we are in the league,” said the Derry manager. “It’s imperative we try and get the three points with a good performance. Ultimately you take the three points over any type of performance at the moment.
“I would say Martin (Russell) will very much see this game as a chance to get their first three points given where we are in the table and our recent form.
“I know they played well against some of the bigger clubs. They drew with Shamrock Rovers and they’ve made one or two very good additions to their squad.
“They had three of their more experienced back four missing against Galway last week and they will come back into the squad this week. So we know it’s going to be a tough game.”
Hutton isn’t overly concerned about the club’s recent results given they’ve been on the wrong end of some poor refereeing decisions and bearing in mind the chances they are creating in the final third.
However, goals have been a real problem having netted just four strikes in the last 10 league matches! New signing, striker, Mark Quigley is expected to miss the game as he continues to build his fitness but Rob Cornwall will be involved.
The magnitude of tonight’s game certainly doesn’t need to be highlighted and Hutton is hopeful a positive result will be the turning point of their season.
“Performance-wise we haven’t been playing overly bad. We should have had the game over by half-time against Bray last week with the amount of quality chances we created.
“Against Cork at Brandywell I thought it wasn’t a bad performance but didn’t take our chances. It’s important we remain resilient, stick at it and take the positives from those games.
““There’s more emphasis on the strikers now and when they get into positions they are more likely to take that extra touch as an insurance rather than doing it off instinct and hitting the target. So it’s small margins.”