Derry City travel to Sligo on Friday night for their final game before the mid-season break and team boss, Peter Hutton, would dearly love to record a second victory at the Showgrounds (7.45pm).
Having recorded a 0-1 victory in the League Cup in May, Hutton dismissed that effort given the fact that both sides made significant changes in personnel.
“That game will bear no reflection on Friday’s league fixture,” maintained Hutton. “Sligo are a top side even if they got off to a poor start in the current campaign,” he added.
One player who will not be on the team bus is John Paul McGovern, who joined the “Candystripes” from Celtic Nation under former boss, Roddy Collins.
The 33-years-old Scot was amicably released from his contract last night as he was not believed to be in Hutton’s future plans.
McGovern now becomes the fourth player to leave the Brandywell over the past month - Enda Curran, Roddy Collins jnr. and Mark Stewart all signed by former boss, Roddy Collins sen. - have already departed.
Describing Friday’s game as “another big challenge,” Hutton felt his side would travel in confidence following last weekend’s FAI Cup victory over Cobh Ramblers.
Reminded of Derry’s 1-0 league victory over Sligo at the Brandywell back in April in the Premier Division, Hutton refused to get carried away.
“That was our first victory of the season but on reflection, I felt it was a very tight game and we did well to win it. But that means very little now.
“Friday night’s game will not be easy, but we will travel down there hopeful of securing a favourable result and then try to relax and enjoy the break,” concluded Hutton.”
On the team front skipper, Cliff Byrne, returns at centre-back but both Cormac Burke and Dave Elebert remain on the injured list.