The torrential rain that’s fallen all afternoon won’t dampen the Hoops faithful’s passion with just hours to go to the derby clash with Bohs.
The first home game of the season couldn’t have come with any extra spice, a fact alluded to during the week by gaffer Stephen Bradley when he said a win tonight is “vital.”
“I loved it as a player because you knew a big crowd would be here, that Bohs would be up for it.
“We’ve had good games against them here and more times than not we’ve come out on top.
“Regardless of form, this game is a real leveller, I’m looking forward to battling it out.”
For the second week in a row The Hoops head into a game injury free, with the only player unavailable for selection being Graham Burke following his straight red last week up in Oriel.
Skipper Ronan Finn should be in from the start tonight but a lot of the new Hoops players will be sampling a Rovers/Bohs game from right in the middle of the inferno for the first time.
One man who won’t is Roberto Lopes, although his experience was on the wrong side of the divide for so many years.
If picked tonight his involvement will create added heat as he’s sure to come in for special attention from the travelling support.
The visitors will be without midfielder Eoin Wearan who faces a long spell out due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and striker Ismail Akinade who is ruled out for the next few months after having surgery on his spleen to fix a blood platelets count problem.
Bohs were poor in their season opener last week which saw Derry City leave with all three points after running out 4-1 winners so they maybe feeling a bit sorry for themselves tonight.
There is a pitch inspection due to start at 4pm so fingers crossed the game goes ahead…