Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Same again for Kenny

Derry City manager Stephen Kenny is hoping his side can play the way they did at Glentoran, as they return to league action tonight at Bray Wanderers.

The Brandywell men played some terrific football at the Oval and but for a man of the match display by Elliott Morris, City would have taken maximum points on Tuesday night.

"We're looking a similar level of performance at Bray tonight and I'm sure the chances will go in this time," said Kenny.

"It will be our fifth game in 14 days but when you're with a successful club you have to be prepared for that if you're challenging on any front and rather than complain about that you should embrace it and look forward to it."

Although Bray currently sit two places above bottom club Galway United, the Dubliner is wary of this evening's clash at the Carlisle Grounds.

"Bray have shown that they are capable of getting good results.

"They drew away to Bohemians at Dalymount last week. They've also gone to Cork and got a draw and beat Finn Harps a couple of weeks ago.

"They started slowly but they've picked it up. We've got to put in a good performance to beat them and it's always a physical battle in Bray.

"We've been to Belfast and have now travelled to Bray, so we'll rest up and prepare properly and I'll be elated if we can get three points there."

With Paddy McCourt sidelined for a month, winter signing Niall McGinn is slowly but surely starting to find his feet, much to Kenny's delight.

"The players can't give me any more at the moment and they can't express themselves more.

"Everything was going great until we drew with Sligo at the weekend but that was a professional job. They shut up shop but we should have won. I'm not despondent with Glentoran because I thought we did really well. Hopefully there's no fatigue now for Bray, this evening. In fact we have to eliminate that from our minds."

On the injury front both defender Clive Delaney and Mark Farren will have fitness test prior to the game, however it's expected Delaney should make it as he was on the bench for Tuesday night's Setanta Sports Cup game.

If Farren recovers from his thigh strain that would be a big plus for the Brandywell men as they have only scored one goal in their last two outings.

"Mark has already scored three goals for us this season and he's a valuable player for us, but we'll have to wait and see if they'll be fit," concluded the Derry gaffer.

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