Derry travel with defensive problems

Derry City will be looking to bounce back from a couple of bad results when they take on Drogheda United at United Park tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

Derry City will be looking to bounce back from a couple of bad results when they take on Drogheda United at United Park tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

Derry travel without centre-half Clive Delaney who is struggling with a hip injury.

Gareth McGlynn also misses out with a hamstring injury, while Stephen Gray will undergo a late fitness test as he has also has a hip injury.

City coach Declan Devine said: "There is no doubt that we need to work hard and put in a good performance after our last result.

"We have been playing well in spells and creating chances, it has been costly not taking those chances, that is something that we will need to put right if we are to overcome what will be a determined Drogheda side."

United boss Alan Mathews must plan without Robbie Martin, who is back in training but won’t feature against Derry.

Robbie Farrell (knee) and John Paul Kelly (ankle) are medium-term injuries rather than short-term and also miss out.

William Woods went off injured against Sligo Rovers and is a doubt, while Eoghan Osbourne has a torn calf.

Mathews said: “Derry will feel that they have a point to prove on Friday night. Stephen Kenny and his players will be looking for a reaction following a couple of results which I’m sure weren’t anticipated.

"It’s important to get our own game going from the first whistle, influence the game, and not get distracted from our own job.

“We’re doing a lot of things right on the pitch, and when we have everyone fit I’d hope that we can convert more of our opportunities, and I feel we will begin turning draws into wins.

“Unfortunately (bar Shane Barrett), the players who were missing through injury last week, including Paul Crowley, will all be missing once again."

More in this section

IE_180_logo
Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply

Sport
Newsletter

Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up
IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox