Candystripes have revenge in mind as they face tough test from Bray
Kenny Shiels is hoping that Derry City can do themselves a huge favour as the race for European qualification for next season gets under way at Bray's Carlisle Grounds this evening (7.45pm).
There is just one point separating the teams ahead of tonight's game, with the Candystripes on a 10 game unbeaten run which saw them overtake their opponents.
Bray, in contrast, are enduring their worst run of form this season having taken just two points from their last five games, but despite that, Shiels dismissed any notion that it will be a good time to play the Seagulls.
"It's a very important game obviously for both teams and we'll be doing everything we can to win the game," he said. "We go out to play to win and maybe that's why we're so far up the table. We always play to win and we want to try and find a way of winning this game. It's going to be a tough game all round."
Bray defeated Derry 3-2 in an emotional game at Maginn Park back in April, and Shiels admitted that the result still plays on his mind.
"That was a crucial game for us because it had an influence on the next three, two league games and a cup game which we lost," he reflected.
"The Bray game was the catalyst for that poor period. We feel as if we owe them, but we don't want to go in with vengeance because revenge is a dish best served cold. We want to go in with assertiveness and aggressive movement and all of the things that we're good at, a high dynamic. All of those things will help us to put on a good performance in Bray."