PREVIEW: DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS

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Bohemians face possibly their toughest test of the season so far when they travel to face league leaders Derry City tonight.

Bohs bounced back from Dublin derby disappointment against Shamrock Rovers with a 3-0 win over the division’s bottom side UCD at Dalymount Park last Friday.

Doherty, who started the season in midfield but has deputised in the heart of defence due to injuries to Grant Horton, James Finnerty and Rory Feely, said: “It was good to get the three points.

“It wasn’t a great performance but it was a good performance and it was important to get a clean sheet.

“I am going to do my best day in and day out and take every opportunity that comes my way.

“It’s going to be a tough game and it is not the easiest place to go to. Derry are a good side. They are sitting on top of the table for a reason.

“But we are focusing on ourselves and working hard in the training ground. We are excited to go up there and hopefully get the win.”

Stephen Mallon, who impressed at the start of the season, is hoping he will get the opportunity against his former club having missed recent weeks with an ankle injury.

The Belfast man said: “It has been a frustrating time the last few weeks. but I am back now in training and looking forward to the challenge in Derry.

“I watched a lot from the stand last year so I have that hunger and desire to get back on the pitch.

“We want to build momentum, we want to build on our performance against UCD and put a run together.

“I enjoyed my time with Derry City but I’ll be doing everything I can to beat them.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohs are likely to be without James Finnerty (knee), Grant Horton (knee) and Rory Feely (ankle) but are hopeful that Stephen Mallon (ankle) will return.

Highlights: Bohemians 1 St Patrick’s Athletic 0

Stephen Mallon’s first Bohemians goal was enough to seal all three points in a highly entertaining Dublin derby at Dalymount Park. Colm McDonnell and Dave Scully were on commentary.

Post-match v St Patrick’s Athletic: Stephen Mallon

Post-match v Dundalk: Kris Twardek

Prodigal son Kris Twardek was one of the key performers on his return to Bohemians in last night’s 2-2 draw with Dundalk. Afterwards, he spoke with Colm McDonnell.

Highlights: Bohemians 2 Dundalk 2

Goals from Jordan Flores and Promise Omochere saw Bohs twice take the lead at Dalymount Park on Friday night only to be pegged back on both occasions by Dundalk.

Match preview v Dundalk: Tyreke Wilson

“We have had an extra week to prepare. We hope to set our own game plan and execute it.”

Bohs defender Tyreke Wilson spoke with Colm McDonnell ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Dundalk to Dalymount.

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