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Much improved Galway a tough nut to crack warns Shiels

 

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City can go level with champions Dundalk tonight if they defeat Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park (7:45pm). Despite going seven games without a win until they defeated Bohemians at the weekend, the Candystripes find themselves in a position of going third in the table if they can get a second victory in three days this evening.

That is the aim for City boss Kenny Shiels, who insists his team's away form over the past year should give them confidence.

"We've done really well," he said. "We lost our first game on my watch at Finn Park and it was crisis and since that night, which is a year and a quarter ago, we have lost away to Dundalk in the autumn and away to Cork at the end of May. No one else has beaten us on our travels, in the league. That's a fantastic record and I'm proud of it.

"I'm proud of our boys. These are good statistics which I'm putting out because there have been a lot of negative statistics about not having won in seven matches and the players hear that. I think our away form has been absolutely brilliant."

Galway United are now a much different prospect for Shiels and his players after a memorable three weeks at the club.

Since defeating City in the EA Sports League Cup in mid-April, Shane Keegan's side have remained unbeaten, drawing with Limerick and defeating both Dundalk and Sligo Rovers.

Shiels is in no doubt that the hosts will be full of confidence as a result. "I have to say that Galway are improved because they have invested on that improvement," he continued.

"They have got good players and they play a style which is not to lose; they put six in the middle of the park, they bung that area.

"They also play three behind that and one in front of it and it's difficult to be creative against that. They are difficult to play against, they get a lot of draws as you see and we go there with a big challenge to try and get a result."

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