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Third place is no more than we deserve, says keeper Doherty

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City will secure third place for the first time in five seasons if they defeat Sligo Rovers at the Brandywell this evening.

Kenny Shiels' men are five points ahead of Shamrock Rovers in fourth place and require just two points from their final two games against Sligo and St. Patrick's Athletic to achieve their goal.

The Candystripes qualified for next season's Europa League by beating Bohemians last week and now need just one more victory to complete a remarkable season.

"I want to get third place and I want to highlight that to the supporters because we need to win and we're putting all of our eggs into that basket," he said.

"We'll be going as strong as we possibly can and let's hope that we can achieve what we want to. The boys have done really well.

"We just want to get this one over the line if we can but it's going to be a really tough game.

City goalkeeper Gerard Doherty believes it would be an injustice if the team did not finish third.

Doherty, the only League of Ireland player to be named in the PFAI Team of the season outside Dundalk and Cork City, believes the Brandywell side deserve huge credit for their efforts this year.

"We all know how bad last year was," he said. "Kenny has come in and changed everything around and we've reaped the benefits of that.

"Personally, I think we definitely deserve to be up there and we definitely deserve to finish third, but we still have to beat Sligo which won't be easy because they are on a decent run of form at the minute. But the fact we have still something to fight for at this stage of the season is good for the mentality, because the season isn't just going to peter out."

Harry Monaghan and Niclas Vemmelund will miss this evening's game through suspension. It will be the first league game the Danish defender has missed this season, bringing an end to a run of 31 consecutive league starts.

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