League of Ireland: Defensive boost for Derry City

Derry City's Shane McEleney is back to full fitness
Derry City's Shane McEleney is back to full fitness

Defensive duo, Shane McEleney and Aaron Barry have returned to full fitness to give Derry City boss, Peter Hutton a major boost ahead of the visit of Sligo Rovers to Brandywell Stadium.

The club’s top goalscorer, Rory Patterson remains sidelined due to an ongoing back injury and youngster, Joshua Tracey misses out following his call up to international duty with the N. Ireland U19s.

City go into tonight’s game on the back of a disappointing 0-1 defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic last weekend but Hutton has taken plenty of positives from his side’s display.

“We were very good in the second half apart from putting the ball in the back of the net so there was a lot of positives to take.

“But it was disappointing we dominated for so long and got nothing out of itr., We have to remain positive going into the Sligo game.”

Sligo go into tonight’s game in similar form to Derry with just two wins from their last five and following a 1-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers.

The Bit O’Red lie in fifth place in the table just three points ahead of sixth placed City.

Despite having little to play for in the league, Hutton expects a tough encounter.

“It’s a game we’re looking forward to. Sligo are a different proposition from the side we played the last time down there. They’ve changed the manager and some of the personnel on the pitch as well.

“They still have that quality and depth in their squad and we need to be on our guard and give them due respect.

“The players have been nice and bright in training this week and they’re looking forward to it.”

“We’d like to catch Sligo and see where it takes us. Obviously the cup is the priority now but we still want to finish as high as possible in the league within reason.”