02 October 2020

MATCH PREVIEW: Derry City -v- Waterford FC (02/10/2020)

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Derry City -v- Waterford FC
Friday, October 2, 2020
Kick Off: 5:45pm
Referee: Rob Hennessy 

Waterford FC travel north to take on Derry City in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division this Friday looking to build on last week’s win at home to Sligo.

The Blues come into the game after that important win last Saturday afternoon against Sligo Rovers in the RSC. A Matty Smith strike after nine minutes ensured the Blues took all three points against Liam Buckley’s side.

That victory sees the Blues move up to third place in the league, as Fran Rockett’s side continued their hunt for a good finish in the remaining fixtures.

Opponents Derry City come into the game having faced Sligo on Tuesday night; falling to a late 1-0 defeat after conceding with three minutes of the 90 remaining. 

The sides last met back in March in the RSC when the Blues came from behind to claim all three points thanks to wonder strikes from Sam Bone and Shane Griffin.

Managers View: Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie ahead of Friday’s match against Derry City, manager Fran Rockett said:

“We were delighted with how the lads performed on Saturday afternoon. We had some spells of really good football. It was a huge win, especially after the game against Rovers the Monday before. The boys showed a real good attitude in training all week and an even better one on the pitch on Saturday evening.

“It’s been a turbulent few weeks but the lads have shown some great resilience to get through everything. Obviously bringing Breener [David Breen] in is massive for us and as he settles in more he’s going to be even more beneficial. 

“We know Derry City are going to be tough on Friday. The Brandywell is always a tough place to go. We’ll prepare as best as we can and we’ll travel up looking for the spoils.”

Team News: Sam Bone continues to miss the game due to a hamstring injury.