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Derry boss Shiels desperate to get one over Bohemians


Double srike: Nathan Boyle hopes to start after his goals against Sligo

Double srike: Nathan Boyle hopes to start after his goals against Sligo

Lorcan Doherty

Double srike: Nathan Boyle hopes to start after his goals against Sligo

Derry City are hoping to avoid a fifth successive defeat to Bohemians when the teams meet at the Brandywell this evening.

The Dubliners have had the upper hand over the Candystripes for two years now, losing just once in their last seven meetings.

Under Shiels, City have gone eight games unbeaten in all competitions but, despite another impressive win over Sligo Rovers in Tuesday night's League Cup tie, the City boss remains wary of tonight's opponents.

"That will be difficult because they have got good players like Akinade and they will test us without a doubt. We know what qualities they have. It's going to be tough because they are strong, especially in the attacking areas of the pitch and we must prepare properly for this one. Hopefully we can keep the supporters happy."

One player who could work his way into the manager's thinking for tonight's game is striker Nathan Boyle, who took his tally of goals for the season to four following his double on Tuesday night. It is a nice problem to have, Shiels insists.

"He turns defenders and he's so strong and powerful in his run and movement," he agreed. "He's a great asset. He went off with cramp because he hasn't been playing. He's also been sick and he's been injured and there was an accumulation of things as to why he hasn't been playing. We're bleeding him back in and he's got four goals which is good. He carried the baton on Tuesday and turned the game for us."

Meanwhile, Shiels is eager for Josh Daniels to get back to doing what he does best following his return to first team action.

The 20-year-old made his highly-anticipated return to action on Tuesday night as a substitute against Sligo.

The youngster, who lost five members of his family in the Buncrana Pier tragedy last month, was given a rousing reception by the Brandywell fans when he appeared on the hour mark.

Shiels expressed his delight at Daniels' return, insisting it was a boost to the whole club.

"It gave us all a lift for him to come back into the family," he said. "We were really pleased with that. His performance was energetic and I was pleased to see that. I was really delighted for him and hopefully his career can kick on now."

Belfast Telegraph