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Derry's ten point lead isn’t perfect, Stephen Kenny wants more

Leaders Derry City go into this evening’s Airtricity First Division clash with second place Monaghan United, knowing victory would go a long way to helping them claim the title.

Currently by 10 points in front, Derry boss Stephen Kenny will be telling his players to extend their lead at the top of the table.

“Monaghan are in great form and they have a lot of players who have won promotion with other clubs and they are a strong team,” he explained.

“From our point of view, although it’s going to be a difficult game it’s also an opportunity to put some real daylight between ourselves and everyone else.”

The visitors travel to the Brandywell in high spirits after their 4-0 win over Mervue United and because of that the Dubliner believes Mick Cooke’s side will try to collect maximum points.

“I think it has the makings of a great game, which will tough, but we’ll give it everything and hopefully we can emerge victorious,” he said.

The Candystripes will be without Barry Molloy and Ruairi Harkin, but on the plus side Mark McChrystal, Mark Scoltock, Kevin Deery and James McClean return.

It is McClean’s comeback that pleases Kenny the most.

“James is been a big player for us and he has been having a great season and thankfully he’s OK now,” said Kenny.

In May, Derry had Patrick McEleney to thank for a well earned three points at Monaghan and Kenny is expecting another tough match tonight.

“I was a tight game earlier in the season and we were delighted to have come out of it with a narrow victory and I expect no different this time, but hopefully we can win.

“I’m sure Monaghan will want to get a victory and try to narrow the gap, but we just have to make sure that we are up for the game and hopefully things can go well for us.

“A victory would give us the confidence for the rest of the season.”

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