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Derry City have Europe in mind


Determined: Kenny Shiels is after a vital victory tonight

Determined: Kenny Shiels is after a vital victory tonight

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Determined: Kenny Shiels is after a vital victory tonight

Tonight's game at the Brandywell is huge for both Derry City and Shamrock Rovers with European qualification very much at stake.

Despite the defeat at Dundalk at the weekend, the Candystripes take on Rovers knowing a victory would take them back into third place ahead of the Dubliners with just four league games remaining.

City boss Kenny Shiels acknowledged the importance of the game, insisting his team would be going all out to win it.

"The next game is always the biggest and this one has added interest. A win would be fantastic for us because we want to get ahead of them. We've always been a stone's throw from each other and it's been nip and tuck. It's a chance to get a couple of points clear of them now."

Friday's defeat to Dundalk, coupled with Rovers' win over Galway United, has yet again changed the picture at the top end of the Premier Division.

For so long the Dubliners were chasing the Brandywell side, but it is now Derry playing catch up with just one point separating the sides.

"It's a big game but we'll prepare to the best of our ability and we'll see what we can do," Shiels continued. "Football can kick you sometimes but we can't be afraid of anybody. It's a game we would like to win."

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Shiels has also called on the Derry City fans to descend on the Brandywell in their numbers for a real six-pointer in the battle for Europe. The Candystripes have played only twice at home in the last nine games and the City boss knows the Brandywell crowd could make all the difference on the night.

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