Heary: "It will be important that we get the three points."


Owen Heary is hoping to get a first league win of the 2015 season tomorrow night against Derry City at the Showgrounds.

The game starts a busy week for his side with Shamrock Rovers to follow on Tuesday night, also at the Showgrounds, and then Dundalk away on Friday.

Rovers last game ended in a frustrating 3-2 defeat at Drogheda United despite being twice in front during the game and Heary wants his side to rectify mistakes made: “The main disappointing stuff was the defending that night. We created plenty of chances and were happy with that. When you score two goals away from home you would expect to be able to see the game out so it’s more the defensive side we need to work on.

“We have looked back at the video from the game, analysed it and have been working on things. The players have seen what we want them to do and hopefully we will be able to rectify it tomorrow night.”

Heary said he is eager to get a first win on the board: “Looking back at the two games so far against Cork we conceded in the 97th minute and we came away disappointed from that game but we would have taken a point. But against Drogheda we dominated the game and came away with nothing which was disappointing. One point from a possible six is not good enough so it will be important that we get the three points tomorrow to put that right.”

With two a host of games to start the season Heary’s squad will be tested: “It will be a test for our squad playing three games in a week. But we have to just concentrate on tomorrow’s game and then start to think about the other games after. The games come thick and fast at this stage of the season, I don’t really know why but we will be just looking to get our first win against Derry.

“It will be difficult for our squad to cope as we have already lost two players with injuries. But that is why we have young players in our squad and we will give them a go if we need to. I have no issues with giving some of the younger players chances.”

Derry City have one win and a defeat so far and Heary expects them to do well this year: "They are a decent enough team. I know Peter Hutton well and he will have his team well drilled. They are a strong team who will do well from set-pieces. They have some very good young players like Patrick McEleney, Barry McNamee, Philip Lowry and some good experienced players as well. But the important thing will be that we concentrate on what we do tomorrow night.”




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