Derry City must put brakes on Kenny's high flyers
Derry City will attempt to stop the Dundalk juggernaut in tonight's EA Sports League Cup quarter-final tie at the Brandywell (7:45pm).
It will be a case of student meets teacher tonight on Foyleside as City's newest manager Peter Hutton comes up against the most successful Derry manager of recent times in Stephen Kenny.
Kenny is now working his magic at Dundalk, having turned them from relegation fodder into contenders for trophies on all fronts.
Dundalk currently lead the way in the Airtricity Premier Division and are in sensational form going into tonight's game, following a 7-0 win over Drogheda United and a 3-0 win over Sligo Rovers.
But there is a new sense of optimism at the Brandywell following the appointment of Hutton as manager, and Friday's 2-0 win over Drogheda United.
However, Hutton is under no illusions.
"They're in great form to say the least," he acknowledged.
"They had a very convincing win against Sligo. It's going to be a very difficult task. We're down bodies ourselves and we just have to assess everyone now at the weekend and see who's fit and who's not.
"It's the quarter-final of the cup and it's a competition we've historically done well in also. But I'm sure that Stephen Kenny would say that it's a cup that he has done well in also.
"It will be a difficult task because they're flying. I watched them there last Tuesday against Drogheda and they were exceptional to say the least."
Hutton has also moved to ease concerns of the players brought to the club by Roddy Collins in pre-season, insisting everyone now has a clean slate. One of those players, Danny Ventre, admits his focus is firmly on improving Derry City's fortunes.
"There's been a bit of a change, tactically," he admitted.
"We're trying to play out from the back more which we weren't doing under Roddy, but Peter has got the trust in the lads."