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Shiels aims to keep City in Euro mix with another win

By Eoin Wilson

Published 02/09/2016

Nail-biting: Kenny Shiels says City must triumph tonight
Nail-biting: Kenny Shiels says City must triumph tonight

Derry City's victory over Shamrock Rovers earlier this week will count for nothing unless it is followed up with a win over Galway United.

That is the view of City boss Kenny Shiels who is urging his players to take a firm grip on third place in the Premier Division tonight as the race for European qualification heats up.

City's 1-0 win at Tallaght, thanks to Rory Patterson's 13th goal of the season, has taken Derry five points clear of Rovers, and even though the Dubliners still have two games in hand, Shiels believes that the pressure is building on their rivals.

"It puts us in a better position than we were," he explained.

"There's also been a two goal shift in the goal difference. We have Rovers at home and they also have to play Dundalk twice, they have to go to Cork, they have to play Galway twice and they have two Dublin derbies so they have tough fixtures.

"We have tough fixtures as well and even though we only have four home games left we have the potential to push on and stay in and around that position going into the final month."

The 1-0 win over Rovers was thoroughly deserved as the Candystripes produced arguably their best performance of the season when it mattered most.

"You could see that we did our homework" Shiels said.

"I thought the performance was calculated, organised, disciplined and the ball retention was exceptional at times. The boys deserve credit. They worked hard and we had to win that.

"We got a great point at Bray and I said if we could take seven points out of nine in the three games it would be good batting so the responsibility and pressure is on us to win now."

Shiels will again have to worry about his defence tonight, with Max Kraner, Ryan McBride and Aaron Barry still ruled out through injury.

Patrick McClean, who returned to the side at Tallaght on Tuesday, could retain his place at left full back as a result.

Belfast Telegraph

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