Higgins expecting an improved UCD at the Brandywell

Derry City are back in action at the Brandywell on Friday with UCD providing the opposition as the Premier Division season heads into the final quarter.

City moved back into second place in the table on Monday night following their last-gasp winner at Tolka Park and Ruaidhri Higgins will be hoping his side can carry their form into the final lap.

“We’ve been playing very well without maybe getting the results of late and we got a wee bit of luck that we certainly deserved” he said.

“We bossed the game and had several good chances before we scored. It’s another one of those matches that you’re left scratching your head if you don’t win it, but thankfully the break came.”

The City boss knows that Friday brings a new challenge and despite being bottom of the table at present, Andy Meyler’s side have improved since their 7-1 defeat at this venue in April.

The Students have won four and drawn one of their last seven in all competitions and the Limavady man knows his side will need to be clinical this weekend.

“They’ve improved dramatically since they were last here, without doubt.”

“We’ve seen in the cup this season that any team is capable of beating another. UCD are a Premier Division team and we have prepared for the game as we have for every other.”

“We have to be completely focused because if we’re not, they will beat us.”

City have no fresh injury concerns, although both Jamie McGonigle and Declan Glass missed Monday’s game in Dublin due to “minor bumps and bruises.”

The game kicks off at 7.45pm.


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