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Candystripes can take nothing for granted, says Low

By Eoin Wilson

Nicky Low has warned Derry City not to take Drogheda United lightly ahead of tonight's game at United Park. The Candystripes go into the clash undefeated in eight games, and on the back of a very encouraging performance at Oriel Park on Tuesday night where they earned a 0-0 draw against champions Dundalk.

 

In contrast, Drogheda have taken only three points in their last five games and are locked in an intriguing battle at the foot of the table where one point separates five teams, with three to be relegated this season.

There was also little contest between these two teams when they last met on March 18, with Barry McNamee hitting a hat-trick at Maginn Park in a 4-0 win.

But despite all that, Low insists that no team should be disregarded, especially those fighting at the foot of the Premier Division.

"People think they should be beating them but in-house, no player would ever think that," he said.

"Fans or pundits might say that, but it's a hard game. In this league it's tough no matter what from top to bottom, away from home especially.

"It's going to be a battle with not much football played, so it's up to us to win the battle and that means we can get our foot on the ball and pass it like we like to do and hopefully create chances on the night and hopefully get the three points."

Low played a starring role as Derry produced a fine performance at Oriel Park, and the midfielder agrees that the display can give the team confidence going forward.

"I think it's a very good point considering how well they have done in previous years and given how strong they are," he agreed.

"They are a big physical side who also play football. From set-pieces they are a big threat; we are not the biggest team ourselves but we did well, Kenny (Shiels) did his homework as he always does and we dealt with that threat from set-pieces."

Meanwhile, no news is good news as far as Derry fans are concerned, with Low still to hear anything of his immediate future at Dundee, his parent club.

"Not yet, sadly," he said. "Neil McCann has still not announced if he's going to be the manager so as soon as that gets announced, there will be a few phone calls to Neil to see if I'm in his plans or if I'm not.

"In the meantime I'm concentrating on my time at Derry and I'm loving it so far.

"I've been made to feel really welcome by the players, and the management, staff and the fans have been different class. They have taken to me and that has made things really easy so I'm really enjoying my time here."

McNamee is the only concern for Derry ahead of tonight's game, the midfielder struggling with illness this week.

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