DERRY City passed one of the first tests of their title challenge in the last couple of weeks.
Having been hit with the setback of a defeat, more dropped points and seeing their lead at the top cut from six to a single point, there was a great deal of pressure on the match in Richmond Park last week.
They swot UCD aside the previous week but tackling an away game was going to be a different proposition, or so it felt.
The manner of the win, totally dominating the Saints, was very taking and the 4-0 scoreline did them justice. If anything, it could have been more.
Now with a bigger lead again, there will be a lot of excitement in the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium this evening as Bohemians come to town (kick off 7.45 pm).
Assistant manager Alan Reynolds feels that the hosts will have to be at their best again if they are to claim full points from the contest.
“We’re playing well but once again this is a difficult task for us” he said.
“The game at Dalymount was very close- we only won it with the last kick- so we’re expecting a similar challenge.
“We’ve watched their last few matches and they seem to be getting a few players back so we have to be ready for whatever Bohs throw at us.”
“The boys are itching to get going again; they’ve trained really well all week. We know we have a lot of eyecatching players here but we need to keep working hard out of possession as well.”
“We’ve been setting our own standards but not only do we want to maintain those, we also want to keep improving.”
The home side have no new injury concerns
Bohs became the latest side to dispatch UCD last week.
Keith Long’s men sit poised to kick on and challenge for third place because for all their frustrations this year, it remains just three points away.Tags: