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Shiels grounded as Candystripes aim to build on their ideal start

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City will hope to make it four wins from four today when they face Drogheda United at Maginn Park (3pm).

Kenny Shiels and his players have enjoyed a superb start to the new campaign, picking up three consecutive victories against Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk.

Monday's win over the league champions was significant as it was the Candystripes' first win over Dundalk in 15 attempts, but Shiels is playing down the victory and is urging fans not to think about a title challenge just yet.

"We've put so much into this but we've done nothing yet," said Shiels. "We've just won three games. We've won seven league games on the bounce but we've done nothing in terms of achieving anything. You look at what Dundalk have achieved, it was like we won a cup after we beat them. But we can't think that way; we have to keep our feet on the ground."

Maginn Park was the venue for that victory. It was in stark contrast to the farce of the recent Limerick game which was abandoned after 25 minutes due to floodlight failure. Derry are back at Maginn today and Shiels is hoping for another memorable occasion, although he has expressed concerns about the attendance considering the new kick-off time of 3pm.

"I go to Irish League matches when I can on Saturdays and there's not the same passion coming from the stands," he said.

"I'm not being critical, it's just what I feel. Is it because of the afternoon kick-off? I don't know. I feel we are going to have to lift the energy around the stadium.

"We need the supporters to give us their normal support because there's a lot going on on a Saturday afternoon in terms of this Holy Grail across the water (Premiership football) and people are going to play rugby or golf or whatever.

"We want them to come along and give us the same passion as they did on Monday night. I'm pleading with them to come and lend their support."

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