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Peter Hutton is confident of a Derry revival in Europe

By Eoin Wilson

Peter Hutton remains fully confident that his young Derry City team can continue their Europa League adventure with victory over Shakhtyor Soligorsk this evening.

The Candystripes are 1-0 behind heading into the second leg at the Stroitel Stadium in Belarus but Hutton has backed his team to improve on last week's display at the Brandywell to shock the Belarusians.

City need at least one goal to keep their hopes alive but Hutton is prepared to play a patient game.

"It would be naive of us to go gung-ho at the start," he explained. "It's important we go about it in the right manner. We're more than aware that we need to score and I think we're capable of doing that. We can't be naive at the back however and we need a high level of concentration and discipline."

City have already scored nine goals past Aberystwyth in the Europa League so far and Hutton has urged his players to continue to embrace the experience of European competition.

"Because they are young players and because they don't know when they will be playing in Europe again, they should enjoy the experience and have no fear at all," he said. "They should go out and show what they are capable of and leave it all on the pitch.

"It would be absolutely fantastic to experience that again. We're more than aware that it's going to be a difficult task but I have full belief in this squad of players."

Meanwhile, Sligo Rovers take a 2-1 lead into their second leg battle with Rosenborg (7pm) while Dundalk trail Hajduk Split 2-0 ahead of their tie at Oriel Park (7.15pm).

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