Rovers must win in Derry tonight to keep pressure on Cork

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The Hoops travel north to take on a Derry City side reeling from what’s been a fairly traumatic week for the club.

On Monday they were battered 3-0 by Cork City down in Turners Cross in the FAI Cup and then sacked their manager, and club legend, Peter Hutton after a terrible season that sees them sit one point above the relegation play off place.

The Candystripes board moved quickly to appoint assistant manager Paul Hegarty as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

Rovers haven’t exactly been enjoying the best of times lately either and nothing less than three points will do here as they go about trying to chase down Cork City for second place in the league.

The Leesiders are currently seven points ahead but Rovers do have a game in hand.

One positive for The Hoops is the form of young Gareth McCaffrey who scored again in midweek away to Longford in a 1-0 win in the Leinster Senior Cup to set up a semi final with Bohs.

Historically the clashes between these two sides in the Brandywell have been very tight affairs, in nine of the last 10 there hasn’t been more than one goal.

The last time Paul Hegarty managed a team against Shamrock Rovers his Finn Harps side beat The Hoops 2-0 in Ballybofey in November 2008.

Derry are fighting for their lives and I’d expect them to be well up for this but Rovers should be too strong for them and should just about shade it.

Kick off in The Brandywell is 7.45