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Kenny is wary of derby-day slip-up for Derry

It's derby night again, with Finn Harps hosting Airtricity League First Division table toppers Derry City tonight.

For City boss Stephen Kenny he knows that despite having a tremendous record against the Donegal men, were they haven't lost to Harps in over a decade, things are going to be tough at Finn Park this evening.

“It's going to be a battle, OK we have won a lot of games against Finn Harps and we are unbeaten in a long time, but I remember a couple of games at Harps were really tough games,” explained Kenny.

“I remember Killian Brennan getting a winner in 90-odd minutes and I also remember Owen Morrison also getting a late one, and in those games we had good experienced sides, so you certainly always get it tough in Ballybofey.”

Worryingly for the Dubliner his first choice centre-halves pairing of Mark McChrystal and Mark Scoltock miss the short trip, while Kevin Deery and James McClean also miss out and Mark Farren continues to struggle with a hamstring problem.

“We are without quite a few players this week, six players are down, two centre-backs McChrystal and Scoltock, along with Kevin and James, four who have been playing regularly, while there's a doubt with Mark and Adam Clarke is also injured, so although we are missing a few I still think we have a strong side.

“The players have shown tremendous consistency this season and they have to maintain that hunger, especially for the Finn Harps game.

“I feel they have quite a few good players and a lot of people at the start of the season might have felt they would have been up there and there was question marks about us more so than Harps, but you have to earn the right for any victory, particularly in a derby.

“We have to be at our best and because we are missing a few we need players to step up to the plate and although there is always an edge to the game, we are looking forward to it.”

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