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Derry City boss Kenny Shiels seeks cup cheer after unbeaten run is ended

Derry City are hoping to bounce back from the weekend defeat to Sligo Rovers by securing a place in the EA Sports League Cup semi-finals.

The Candystripes face Cork City at Turner's Cross this evening, hoping to get back to winning ways after their nine-game unbeaten run came to an end at the Brandywell on Friday night.

City boss Kenny Shiels believes that tonight's game offers the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways immediately and insisted that a semi-final place would be a huge boost.

"I don't think the League Cup should be sold short and it's a great opportunity for us to do well in a cup competition," said Shiels.

"The next round is after the break, so it's on the long finger, you are in a semi-finals and you have that feelgood factor going through May and into June. Having something like that to look forward to helps morale as well.

"It's very important that we bounce back. For momentum, we have to get back on track. We were disappointed after Friday night and hopefully we can get back to winning ways."

Derry City have not enjoyed a victory at Turner's Cross since 2013 and Shiels acknowledged that the quarter-final draw was tough on his team.

"It will be a tough game, but it's one we aspire to do well in," he said.

"We know it's going to be hard, but hopefully we can achieve some success."

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