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Candystripes to take it to Max as big matches pile up

By Eoin Wilson

Published 27/08/2016

Nail-biting: Kenny Shiels is facing crucial stage of season
Nail-biting: Kenny Shiels is facing crucial stage of season

New Derry City defender Max Kraner is in line to make his debut against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds this evening (7.45pm).

With defenders Aaron Barry and Ryan McBride ruled out, recent imports Cristian Castells and Kraner are both available.

It is yet another makeshift defence for Kenny Shiels who insists that the Candystripes must respect this weekend's opponents.

Bray Wanderers have improved considerably under Harry Kenny after a poor start to the season, and they have now gone nine games unbeaten since losing at the Brandywell back in May.

Key to Bray's resurgence has been a tremendous defensive record which has seen the Seagulls keep seven clean sheets in those nine games.

Shiels said: "The last nine games they have been really good.

"They have good players and a big squad. It's a tough game. You just have to look at their results to see how well they have done."

With Bray this evening and Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday, a daunting schedule lies in wait for the Candystripes in the coming weeks.

They face two trips to Wexford Youths in the space of a week with an FAI Cup quarter-final to take place on the weekend ending September 11, while Derry return there for a league encounter on September 16.

"The exact same happened earlier in the season when we were back to back against Cork," Shiels recalled.

"In nine weeks we will have played nine games. It's a geographical nightmare because we're away to them the following week again and we're away to Dundalk and we're away to Shamrock Rovers and that's after coming off games away at Bohemians and Bray. I think that's six or seven games on our travels.

"In terms of revenue, in the last 12 weeks of the season, we play four home games.

"But of course we want to be in these games at this stage of the season regardless of who or where we play."

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