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Shiels urging Candystripes to go for it at Oriel Park

 

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City can move to within one point of league champions Dundalk this evening with victory at Oriel Park (7.45pm). Kenny Shiels and his players got back to winning ways at the weekend with a 3-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers to remain on track for European qualification.

But the Derry boss wants his players to build on their improving form by winning at the home of Stephen Kenny's three-in-a-row champions tonight.

The Candystripes then travel to struggling Drogheda United on Friday, but Shiels is not looking beyond Oriel Park.

"If we want to challenge for European football, we have to win games like this," he said. "We need to go there with a winning attitude. If the players give it their all and show they are dedicated to this club, that's all that I can ask. If we are beaten by the better quality of Dundalk, I can accept it."

The mid-season transfer window still seems a long way away for Shiels, who is desperate to supplement his squad.

"We want to stay within touching distance until the end of June when we can strengthen because we haven't got the right age balance," he said. "Young Conor McDermott was playing centre-back with Aaron Barry against Shamrock Rovers and he was outstanding again.

"I look at their (Rovers') bench and look at ours and there are kids there. It's something we're trying to provide for the people of Derry and I hope they can see what we're trying to build.

"Stick with me please because we're going to have bad nights and good nights this season and it's going to be a journey."

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