Belfast Telegraph

Derry City hoping for home comfort

By Billy Weir

Derry City manager Stephen Kenny is hoping his side can secure their first home success of the season when they host Dundalk this evening.

Despite not winning in front of their own supporters, the Brandywell boss has been happy with his players form this campaign, form that has moved them into third spot in the Airtricity Premier Division.

However, having watched tonight's opponents he knows his players are going to have to give their all if they are to secure maximum points.

“Dundalk have received a lot of plaudits recently and they deserve them, they've been very good,” declared Kenny.

“I watched them against Cliftonville and they did well. They have a good attacking front four and they have Colin Hawkins, Jason Byrne and Mark Quigley, who have 10 league titles between them, so they have a good mixture of experience as well.

“They are a good team but we can take confidence ourselves from the important victory in Bray last week.”

Even though a number of his players are playing in the division for the first time, the Dubliner has been happy with their never-say-die attitude in their five league outings this campaign.

“There was a good sense of spirit in the team last week, the team spirit was brilliant last season and we have added a few players to that,” he explained.

“Team spirit will only get you so far because you need quality as well, and I think Gareth (McGlynn), Ruaidhri (Higgins), Eamon (Zayed) and Stewart (Greacen) need time to settle in collectively to make sure we have that sense of team work.

“But there was some evidence of that in the second-half last week. It was good to finish strong like that.

“There is a good feeling about the club. If we had won last week we would have been third but if we had lost we could have been third from bottom. Those are the margins.”

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