Preview: Derry Vs Saints

  • Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 19:03

St Patrick's Athletic travel to the new Brandywell Stadium on Friday as they face Derry City in the SSE Airtricity League (kick 7.30pm, LIVE on RTE TWO).

The Saints will travel in good spirits having won 1-0 last week against Limerick thanks to a goal from skipper Ian Bermingham, while by contrast, Derry City had no fixture last weekend.

Speaking ahead of the game, Buckley admitted to that he was looking forward to the club's first game in the newly developed Brandywell stadium. The opportunity to try and record a second successive win in the space of a week is one he is targeting as he heads into the game with a full squad to select from.

"The players were very professional last week in their performance against Limerick in Richmond Park. We kept trying to do the right things and defensively I thought we were good. We scored a good goal from a set-piece and saw it out well so we were happy with the result, but will continue to work on trying to improve our levels of performance.

"We have a tough game on Friday night. Travelling up to Derry is always difficult and it will be interesting to play in their new stadium. The old pitch in Derry was an excellent surface and this one too is supposed to be good too so we will look to get it down and play good football up there and get a result.

"There have been many entertaining games between the sides over the years, and with the television cameras there, they should get a good game. However even though all eyes will be on the game, we will approach it as normal and hopefully come out on the right side of things."

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