Peter Hutton is demanding an immediate response in Co. Cork on Saturday night as Derry City are still hurting following last weekend’s 5-2 humiliation at St. Pat’s. (7.45 p.m.)
Drawn away to League of Ireland First Division strugglers, Cobh Ramblers, in the FAI Cup, the new boss at the Brandywell is keen to make an impression in this competition.
And having conceded defeat in the race for the title after a poor start and, indeed, defeat in the League Cup to Dundalk, the FAI Cup is now the “Candystripes” only route to silverware this season.
“It’s a massive match for us,” insisted the Derry boss, who will warn his players against the dangers of complacency.
“I am seeking a response following our very disappoint performance against St. Pat’s and, hopefully, we will get the win and then turn our attentions to next weekend’s trip to Sligo,” added the 41-year-old.
He insisted that just because the youthful Cobh side occupied the basement position in the First Division, nothing could be taken for granted, especially with the match at St. Colman’s Park.
“We will not be taking this game lightly. They may be a young side, struggling at the wrong end of the table, but when we visit they will be doing everything in their power to get a result.”
The Candy Stripes will travel to Co. Cork with a strong squad and captain,
Cliff Byrne, has been added to the squad having missed the last two games.
However, Dave Elebert (calf) and Cormac Burke (ankle) are both ruled out.
“Mark Timlin returned to training this week after overcoming an ankle problem, but the Cobh game is probably coming too early for him,” confirmed the Derry boss.