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Manager Peter Hutton demands that Derry City raise bar for EA Sports League Cup

By Eoin Wilson

A semi-final place is at stake for Derry City when they entertain Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell tonight in the EA Sports League Cup (7.45pm).

Peter Hutton's team go into this game as underdogs against Pat Fenlon's high-flying Rovers, but after an uplifting performance against league champions Dundalk at the weekend, confidence has returned to the Brandywell.

Derry lost at Oriel Park due to a last gasp deflected goal from John Mountney, but the performance was a vast improvement on recent games against Longford Town and Dundalk and Hutton has told his players the standard has now been set.

"I would imagine it's going to be another tight game, but it's important we maintain the same energy levels we showed against Dundalk," he said.

"Shamrock Rovers are similar to Dundalk in many respects in terms of their physicality, but they also have the luxury of changing players and playing fresh legs, whereas we don't. We have a few walking wounded but we'll look forward to the game because it's a chance to get into a semi-final."

The Brandywell has not been a happy hunting ground for the Candystripes this season, with just one win in six games in front of their own fans.

"It's important they show the supporters what they can do," he said.

"I told the players they have been cheating themselves these past few weeks, because they haven't put that type of shift in.

"That's the standard we require week in and week out and if we get that over the coming weeks, we'll win more games than we'll lose."

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