'We must cut out basic mistakes' - Derry City manager Declan Devine seeks improvement

The Candystripes boss is eager for his team to show improvement in order to ensure a cup run as the season approaches its final stage
Derry City manager Declan Devine has said that his side must 'cut out the basic mistakes' if they are to have a chance of progressing in the FAI Cup when they face Mervue United in the quarter final tonight, Friday September 14.

The Candystripes have lost their last three games and find themselves in seventh position in the league, level on points with Bohemians and Devine is hoping that his team can have a good run in the cup, having already seen off the challenge of Finn Harps and UCD.

"We don't want to be playing meaningless games for the rest of the year," Devine told BBC Sport. "The winner of this game will be within 90 minutes of a cup final at the Aviva Stadium and that is a big prize. We must cut out the basic mistakes that have cost us dearly in recent weeks,"

The Foylesiders are without a host of key players for the tie, with top goalscorer Stephen McLaughlin injured, centre back Stewart Greacen suspended and striker Conor Murphy cup-tied, but Devine says that if his team show 'hunger', they can triumph.

"We have the quality players to win the game if we show the right mental approach," he said. "We need to show the right determination and hunger as they have a lot of pace and can hit us on the counter-attack.

"We have lost our last three games but we bossed the game against Cork and played as well as we have all season against Drogheda United.

"We've been creating chances and the quality of our play has been good but setpieces have been our Achilles heel - we have to do our job defensively before we can exploit the weaknesses in other teams," concluded the Derry boss.