Derry boss Declan Devine wants to 'get back to winning ways' against UCD

The Candystripes suffered their first defeat in 10 games against Sligo Rovers on Monday but are hoping to bounce back with a win against UCD at the Brandywell
Derry City manager Declan Devine is looking for his team to "get back to winning ways" when they welcome UCD to the Brandywell in the Airtricity Premier Division on May 10.

The Candystripes suffered a 3-0 defeat against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on Monday, May 6, a result which brought an end to the club's 10-match unbeaten run. And Devine is hoping for a positive response from his players on Friday evening.

"We need to dust ourselves down and move onto the next big game and for us that's against UCD," Devine told the club's official website.

Derry defeated the Students 6-0 at the UCD Bowl earlier in the season, but Devine admitted that he was expecting a much tighter game at the Brandywell, with Martin Russell's team since picking up victories over Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians.

"We know what to expect," he said. "And despite a great result earlier in the season I expect this game to be very close indeed.

"UCD will come here looking to get revenge for that result and will be full of confidence after great wins against Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians.

"For us we need to get back to winning ways as soon as we can and the fact we are at the Brandywell will be a great advantage to us," he added.

The Candystripes will be without the suspended Shane McEleney, while Ruaidhri Higgins, Thomas Crawley and Paddy Kavanagh are all out of the game through injury. Mick Leahy, Mark Langtry and Ger Barron remain sidelined for UCD.

Derry City take on UCD in the Airtricity Premier Division at the Brandywell on Friday, May 10. Kick off 19:45 BST.