Kenny Shiels sure Derry City have what it takes to blunt battling Bohemians
Derry City manager Kenny Shiels is upbeat despite having to do without captain Ryan McBride yet again when the Candystripes travel to Dublin to face Bohemians at Dalymount Park this evening.
The defender sits out the second match of his two-game suspension for his red card against Dundalk and his absence could be a key factor with Shiels having to find another way to contain Bohs striker Ismahil Akinade who has profited at Derry's expense in the last two seasons.
But while Shiels has acknowledged the problems posed by the Dubliners, he insists that his team should focus on their own attributes.
"I always give the boys some information on the opponents but it's not always about them, because we think about ourselves and what we can bring to the table," he said.
"We are turning into a decent team. There's not too many big margins in this league.
"Even the best team, which is Dundalk, have struggled to get over the line against teams. Bohemians are a quality team."
City occupy third place but with Shamrock Rovers in close pursuit each point is precious and Shiels believes his team can seal a European place.
"We have to keep stepping up the work ethic," he added.
"We're definitely moving in the right direction."
Midfielder Harry Monaghan could miss out as he continues to struggle after a knee injury.