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Farren aims for quick boost as Derry City face Mervue United

Striker Mark Farren believes despite being at home, Mervue United, will look to frustrate Derry City tonight.



The Greencastle man, who returns to the squad after missing Monday night's defeat at Bray Wanderers through suspension, feels that like Longford Town last weekend, the Galway men will have a lot men behind the ball and the first goal is crucial.

“It’s a big game for any team that plays us,” he admitted.

“Every team is setting up to make life difficult and for us to try and break them down and I think that's what Mervue will do, try and sit in and frustrate us.

“But I think if we can get a goal, against any team, means they have to come out and play us, so our main aim is to try and get a goal early.

“I feel it's all about getting that first goal and hopefully then we'll be able to get a few more goals, because they'll have to come out a bit more and we'll be looking to hit them on the break.

“We were obviously disappointed with the draw with Longford because of the mount of chances we had that we didn't get that win. Longford made it difficult for us but we were in great form before the break and after that draw we want to hopefully get back to winning ways.”

The frontman, who has scored four goals in Derry's last six matches, believes the more games he can get under his belt the better he will be for it.

“I have had a few niggling injuries in the first half of the season, but they are now behind me and I think if I can get a run of games, that brings me on every week, as I'm just one of those players that needs to be playing a run of games.

“I have scored a few goals in recent weeks and to be honest I don't really doubt myself, no matter what anyone else says about me, I just try and keep going. People say that playing up front is the hardest position to play because the pressure is on you, you have to produce the goods.”

The Brandywell men travel to second bottom Mervue without duo Barry Molloy and Vinny Sweeney through suspension, but on the plus side Mark McChrystal, Kevin Deery, Ruairi Harkin and David McDaid could be available for selection.

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