Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 4 October 2015

McDaid says Derry City ready to claw back the deficit

By Eoin Wilson

Published 23/07/2013

Shock factor: David McDaid on Euro glory trail .Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg, Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium, Trabzon, Turkey 18/7/2013
Shock factor: David McDaid on Euro glory trail .Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg, Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium, Trabzon, Turkey 18/7/2013

David McDaid has warned Trabzonspor's millionaire players that Derry City are eyeing a great European upset on Thursday night.

The Candystripes go into the Europa League Qualifying tie two goals down from the first leg, but with the incentive of two away goals to build on. A 2-0 victory at the Brandywell on Thursday night would see the Candy Stripes dump Trabzonspor out of the competition and McDaid has warned that he and his team-mates are confident of upsetting the odds.

"There's no way the tie is over," he said. "They are a very good side attacking-wise and they have some top players, but their season hasn't started yet so their fitness isn't great and that could be a factor in the return leg."

Derry City are still in this tie due in part to McDaid's scintillating strike in Trabzon, a goal which dragged Derry City back into the contest after a dire start saw them go two goals down in fifteen minutes. McDaid's goal was his first since his return from York City and he admitted that even he was surprised that he managed such a strike with his weaker left foot.

"I had no support," he recalled. "Our main plan was to just keep the ball but when I got it and the defender was in front of me, I just went at him. Then when I got a yard I just shot and fortunately it went in. I hit it well, even though it was my left foot. And I was delighted because it gave us a lifeline."

Derry City players will be fired up even more by the comments made by Trabzonspor boss Mustafa Akcay, who has stated that the Candy Stripes will cause his team no further problems.

He said: "The players did well, but even though we made some mistakes we scored enough goals and the tie should be put to bed now.

"The team will continue to work on their defence and blocking but I do not see too many problems. Derry City have a certain quality and they can threaten but unless something extraordinary happens we should be comfortable."

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