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Derry City taking nothing for granted against Aberystwyth

Derry City will give a late fitness test to Rory Patterson ahead of tonight's second leg tie against Aberystwyth Town.

The striker, who scored in the Candystripes' 4-0 win over the Welsh Premier League side at the Brandywell last week, suffered a dead leg in training this week and joins a growing list of City players doubtful for the game at Park Avenue.

Defender Ryan McBride seems certain to miss out after picking up a knee injury in the win over Athlone on Sunday while Mark Timlin (hip flexor) and Dean Jarvis (foot) are also struggling.

It would take a disaster for City not to progress from tonight's tie but Peter Hutton is taking nothing for granted. "We just have to make sure we're very professional and do a good job," he said.

"We're aware that they will come at us because they have to get a few goals, but that could suit us.

"That will leave them exposed at the back and we can obviously counter that.

Over 200 Derry City fans are expected to be in attendance at Park Avenue tonight and Hutton believes the supporters can inspire his team to another famous European win.

"The fans going over there will make their presence felt," he said.

"We're delighted that so many are travelling and there will be a good atmosphere.

"Aberystwyth are expecting a full house. All the seats have been accounted for.

"The ground itself is a nice compact ground and the pitch was in decent nick when I was there and they were still going to do work on it. It's a big pitch also which will suit us," he concluded.

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