Derry City chairman backs Peter Hutton with cash

Peter Hutton
Peter Hutton

Derry City Chairman Philip O’Doherty may have agreed to bankroll Peter Hutton in his pursuit of a striker but the Derry manager’s attacking options remain limited going into Friday night’s game against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. (7.45 p.m.)

And while Hutton has set his sights on potential targets before the close of the transfer window next week, one man who is unlikely to be arriving at Brandywell any time soon is Portadown striker, Darren Murray.

Hutton yesterday accepted defeat in his attempts to sign Murray but he hasn’t given up hope of adding much needed firepower to his squad before the end of next weekend.

“We did enquire about him (Murray) but he’s absolutely going nowhere,” confirmed Hutton. “I’ve spoken to Ronnie (McFall) and he’s adamant he’s going nowhere.

“He would have been a great option for us but I don’t think it’s going to materialise.

“We have targets. Some are probably unrealistic, some are realistic but you have to try and go get who you want and if it’s not to be then you move onto the next option.”

Meanwhile, the north-west club face a tough task at Dalymount Park tonight, Bohemians to prove difficult on home soil.

“We’ve focussed a lot on finishing, having that composure in front of goal and getting into good positions in training this week,” continued Hutton.

“It’s all about getting the players into the habit of hitting the back of the net.”

With Quigley expected to occupy a place on the bench, Hutton will choose from Cillian Morrison, Ryan Curran and Patrick McEleney to lead his attack.

Talented midfielder, Philip Lowry is suspended, which will force Derry into a change in the centre of the park while Bohemians will be without the experienced Anto Murphy.