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Curtis confident Candystripes can still secure spot in Europe

Bray Wanderers 2 Derry City 2

By Eoin Wilson

Ronan Curtis insists that Derry City can still qualify for Europe this season.

The Candystripes are under increasing pressure from Shamrock Rovers with just two points separating the teams ahead of tomorrow night's game at Tallaght.

Derry drew 2-2 at Bray Wanderers at the weekend while Rovers accounted for Finn Harps 2-0 in Ballybofey, closing the gap between third and fourth place even more. Rovers also have two games in hand over Kenny Shiels team and would leapfrog Derry into third tomorrow night with a win.

But Curtis, who impressed in Saturday's 2-2 draw at the Carlisle Grounds, insisted there is still a lot to play for.

"We just have to get the head down and move on," was his assessment.

"We got a point at Bray which is better than losing, so push on now to Tuesday and hopefully we can get a good result against Shams.

"We just have to go there and win and get the points because we want to keep pushing on and keep ahead of those teams behind by us."

This season Curtis has been a big part of Kenny Shiels' philosophy of producing young, home grown talent, which was again evident in Bray with City finishing the game with several young Derry men on the pitch.

The manager's belief in the youngsters has been a boost to Curtis and his team mates.

"It's a good thing that Kenny's given all the young players a chance and luckily we have taken our chances," he said.

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