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Derry City bid to hit ground running

Derry City manager Stephen Kenny wants his players to pick-up from where they left off before the mid-season break when they host Longford Town tonight.

The Brandywell men, who have only lost once this season in the Airtricity First Division, opened up a seven point gap over Waterford United before the short summer break.

City had an impressive 3-1 win at Athlone Town in their last outing and the City gaffer would love a repeat result tonight.

“I think we have to try and hit the ground running after going into the break so strongly,” said the Dubliner.

“We want to pick up from where we left off and I think Longford are also the form team.

“They have beaten Waterford United twice in both the league and FAI Cup, and they have also beaten Limerick recently and drew with Shelbourne at Tolka Park in their last game, so they have had some very good results.

“They have the likes of Chris Deans, John Lester, David Freeman and Peter Hynes who have all played in the Premier Division so they certainly have a bit of experience, but it’s all about ourselves at the minute and hopefully we can get a positive result.”

The Candystripes go into this evening’s encounter without vice-captain Mark McChrystal, Ruairi Harkin, Stephen Parkhouse and Seamus Sharkey, while skipper Kevin Deery and Emmett Friars are doubtful.

“Mark (McChrystal) is out with a Cortisone injection which rules him out for a fortnight.

“Ruairi (Harkin) is probably two weeks away, Kevin is a doubt with a calf strain and Emmett turned awkwardly on his ankle in the League Cup game against Shamrock Rovers and while he missed the Bray match, he played against Athlone in our last match before the break and is now paying the penalty for that.

“He has difficulty in running and he's a major doubt for tonight’s game.”

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