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Collins expects to lead Derry City into a gritty Dundalk battle

Derry City manager Roddy Collins is expecting a tough encounter at in-form Dundalk tonight.

Stephen Kenny's side had a super 4-1 win at the home of the champions St Patrick's Athletic on Friday, while City secured their first success of the season on the same night beating Sligo Rovers.

"The team that comes out on top tonight will have been the team who have recovered most and didn't pick up any injuries from Friday night's games and we had a far tougher game than them obviously, as they won 4-1," he admitted.

"But it's going to be a war of attrition for the first hour and the side who are conditioned properly and can sustain things after the war of attrition will, in my opinion, come out on top.

"There won't be a lot of great football played in that hour. I watched them against Shamrock Rovers in the Setanta Cup and I don't think there will be a bound of attractive football in that 60 minutes, but then we'll see who can come out on top after that."

Collins also criticised the Lilywhites' Oriel Park 3G surface, but he wouldn't be using that as a excuse if they don't get anything from the game.

"It's the worst pitch in the world, not even in Ireland, but the world, but we won't be even mentioning it because at the end of the day we are going to have to play on it.

"Look, at the end of the day we know what we have to do, we aren't conceding a lot of goals. We have conceded from a few set-pieces so we are really, really tight at the back.

"I said before Friday night's game if we could get four points from our next two games it would be brilliant, if we got six it would be absolute tops, so if we come home with one I wouldn't be unhappy."

Trio Barry Molloy, Ryan McBride and Patrick McEleney are all expected to be pushing for a place in the starting line-up, but duo David Elebert and Roddy Collins Junior are doubtful after they picked up knocks during Friday night's win over Ian Baraclough's side.

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