FINN Harps will hope to end what’s been an alarming run of defeats when Cobh Ramblers arrive at Finn Park tonight. (Kick-off: 8.00 p.m.)
And team boss, Peter Hutton, has admitted that confidence has been low given recent results and performances but he was confident his players would respond positively.
“There is a real air of determination with the squad,” insisted the Derry man.
“We have two big home games to look forward to and everyone is working together to make sure we get the results we need to get back on track. Missed chances at critical times and our failure to tighten things up at the back ave cost us in recent games, but I strongly believe that once we get our confidence back no-one will enjoy playing against us,” he added.
“I believe our supporters have a huge role to play in helping bring the club forward. In the short term we have two big games at home over the next couple of weeks against Cobh and then Longford Town. Encouragement from the terraces can make a major difference to team performance especially when young players are involved.
“I fully understand it can be frustrating for supporters when results don’t go our way and there is no doubt as a team, and as a club, we are a work in progress. When you implement new ideas and structures into an any organisation there is always some growing pains. Lack of finance is, of course, an issue, but we will continue to assess and improve our coaching and sports science structures as we go forward.
“We all know there are people working hard on behalf of the club to deliver on the new stadium project. The prospect of better facilities and a more cohesive footballing structure will give us the platform to build the type of club we are all striving for.“
Hutton suggested that Cobh would be difficult.
“Cobh will be confidence following their impressive 3-0 victory over a decent Wexford Youths side last week. They have lost Conor Meade to Waterford but they still carry an attacking threat from players such as Martin Deady and Davin O’Neill, while young Kynan Rocks is an excellent prospect.
“We had a tough encounter down there when we drew 2-2 so our players know they will have to be on top of their game if we are to take three points.“
With the transfer window now open Hutton concluded: “We have a few irons in the fire but we won’t commit until we are sure it’s right. My main concern at the moment is getting the current squad playing to their full potential, both individually and collectively.“