Hoops will look to bounce back with big performance in derby

“Every disadvantage has its advantage” – Johan Cruyff

Rovers travel to Dalymount tonight for the first clash of the season with Bohs on the back of a bad beating in the Brandywell and The Hoops faithful will be hoping the team heeds the advice of the recently deceased Dutch legend.

It wasn’t just the 3-0 scoreline that caused concern, speaking after the game gaffer Pat Fenlon didn’t hold back. “We just didn’t show enough guts and enough character, simple as that,” he said. “Derry out muscled us, out fought us, were first to every ball and we didn’t show enough to be able to deal with that. That’s one thing that should be given in any team.”

Rovers go into the game without Luke Byrne and Dean Clarke who are still ruled out with injury but welcome back Trevor Clarke and Gary Shaw who missed the trip to Derry.

With two league defeats already The Hoops cannot afford to drop any more points and a positive result, and a good performance tonight, could give them a much needed boost.

The hosts find themselves in a bit of form after wins against Longford and Bray in their last two games which made up for a poor start which saw them pick up just four points from their opening five games.

Dave Mulcahy should return to the Bohs midfield but ex Hoop Mark Quigley and Jake Kelly are both doubtful.

Rovers haven’t beaten Bohs since the 3-1 victory at Dalymount in March 2014 which brought Bohs then five game unbeaten run in the fixture to an end. Going into tonights clash the hosts are once again unbeaten in five league games against The Hoops. What price history repeating itself? A 3-1 Rovers win tonight is 22-1…