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Hutton: No pressure on Harps ahead of Derry tie

PETER HUTTON says there's no pressure on his Finn Harps side as they prepare to face an in-form Derry City in the FAI Cup tomorrow.

Hutton captained Derry to their last league title win in 1997 but this weekend he's trying to plot the downfall of his former club as Harps head to Derry for a Cup tie, Harps' cause hampered by a worrying injury list.

"There's no pressure on us going to Derry," Hutton said.

"It's a local derby and all that entails. It's something the boys can look forward to. It's far from ideal but we'll go and see what happens and hope to give a good account of ourselves."



Keogh bid 'derisory'

RELEGATED Coventry City have turned down a "derisory" bid by Bristol City for their Irish defender Richard Keogh.

Former U21 cap Keogh was one of the more impressive performers in the Coventry side last season as they dropped to League One and a number of Championship sides are now trying to sign the defender, who scored five goals in nine appearances for the Irish U21s.

"It was derisory, way below the value we would put on the player if we were of a mind to sell -- which is not the case at all," said Coventry's development director Steve Waggott.

"We've had approaches, by telephone and email, from three or four interested Championship clubs that haven't led to a formal offer.

"But he's a terrific asset for us -- Andy Thorn and the directors want Richard to lead us back to the Championship and we want to retain him for as long as we can."



Tractor boys want Judge

IPSWICH TOWN are keen to sign highly rated Irish midfielder Alan Judge from Notts County.

The Dubliner put in an impr-essive season with the Magpies but County just missed out on the promotion play-offs and a number of Championship sides are now tracking Judge, 23, who scored eights goals from midfield last season, with Ipswich boss Paul Jewell about to make a formal bid.


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