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The Candystripes boss believes that the Brandywell faithful is playing their part as Derry City continue to challenge Sligo Rovers in the Airtricity Premier Division

Derry City manager Declan Devine has praised the influence of the club's supporters and has called upon the fans to continue showing their support ahead of the Airtricity Premier Division clash against Limerick on Friday, May 3.

The Candystripes welcome sixth-placed Limerick to the Brandywell on Friday evening and Devine is hoping that the Brandywell faithful will make their voices heard.

Devine believes that the supporters "played their part" in Derry's home victory against Shamrock Rovers on Friday, April 19, as well as the 1-1 draw against St Patrick's Athletic on Friday April 26 and stressed the importance of such backing.

"Against Shamrock Rovers we had a magnificent attendance in the Brandywell the previous week and I sincerely hope that support will return for our home game against Limerick," Devine told the Derry Journal.

He continued: "For young players it can be very easy to get side-tracked with a game against Sligo the following Monday, but no one will be talking about that until the Limerick match is over.

"It's yet another big game for us and, hopefully, we will attract a significant attendance which will help us focus on the job at hand.

"The crowd we had at the Rovers match certainly played their part and pulled us through in the end, so I think it's important that our supporters recognise that.

"Against St Pat's our support could be heard from the first whistle to the last and, thanks to all those who travelled to Dublin, the players responded and dug-in," added the Derry City boss.

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