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Barry McNamee believes the Derry City can flourish over defining fortnight

By Eoin Wilson

Published 19/09/2016

Looking up: Barry McNamee is sure Derry can win their next three games
Looking up: Barry McNamee is sure Derry can win their next three games

Derry City's season could be defined in the next two weeks with a double-header against Dundalk in the league and FAI Cup and a massive clash against Shamrock Rovers in the race for European qualification.

But Barry McNamee believes the Candystripes can win all three games.

Derry were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw against Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night but still managed to inch another point clear of Rovers, who lost 3-0 at Cork City.

There is little room for error for the duo, who both have a league game at Oriel Park this week, but McNamee is remaining optimistic about his team's chances of securing third place in the Premier Division.

"It's up to us to go on and clinch third place, that has to be the objective now," he said.

"We just have to keep aiming as high as we can but third place is the objective at the minute. There's no reason why we can't win the three games so we just have to be positive, get back to the drawing board at training and take it from there."

McNamee was as disappointed as any Derry player to drop points at Wexford, but he acknowledged that the draw was a fair result for both teams.

"The first objective when you go out is to keep a clean sheet and we know that if we do that then we have the players to score goals," he said.

"The Wexford game was probably the very odd night where we haven't scored goals, but if we keep securing clean sheets we'll win more matches."

McNamee's only regret is that Kenny Shiels' men failed to take the opportunity to extend the gap on Rovers, with the race for European qualification set to go down to the end of the season.

"We did increase our gap over Rovers but we see it as a missed opportunity that we didn't put a bigger gap between us," he said.

"But we can't worry about Rovers, we can't worry about Cork; we aren't worried about anybody, we have to go and put results on the board ourselves."

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