And that continues this Friday night, February 28, as Bohemians come to town for what has all the makings of a cracking game at the Ryan McBride Brandywell stadium (kick off 7.45 pm).
Declan Devine’s players needed a late equaliser against Finn Harps last Friday to help them to their first point of the season, but the Derry boss was in no doubt that there is plenty more to come from his team.
“We were unlucky to come away from Oriel Park with nothing and we battled well to get a point in atrocious conditions last weekend.
“We were really disappointed that Monday night’s game at St Pats was called off, although on the plus side it meant more recovery time for the players.
“We’re really pleased with the squad we have assembled this season.
“The players who came off the bench against Harps did very well so there is genuine competition for places here.
“Keith Long is doing an excellent job at Bohs and they will be up at the business end again this season.
“They have recruited well and will arrive here confident, however we can only concern ourselves with ourselves.
“I have total faith in this group of players.
“They have trained well again this week and I have no doubt that they will quickly benefit from playing together.
“Despite the awful weather and ‘live’ TV cameras for the Harps match we were delighted to get a full house last Friday night.
“I really hope our supporters turn up in numbers again this week as that will give the boys a lift.”
The Candystripes have no fresh injury worries for the visit of the ‘Gypsies’ and it would be no surprise if this was a tight affair.
There was precious little between the teams in their meetings in 2019 – three draws and a win for the Dubliners in their quartet of games last year.