Belfast Telegraph

Candystripes aim for sixth success on the trot in Bohemians test

 

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City will attempt to win six league games in succession for the first time since 2013 when they face Bohemians tonight at the Brandywell.

The Candystripes have been perfect on their own patch so far this season, winning four from four, and victory this evening would make it their best start to a campaign at home since 2006.

Standing in their way is a Bohemians team that Derry have beaten in each of their last eight meetings but, despite his side being labelled favourites, Kenny Shiels is taking nothing for granted.

"It's a massive game against Bohemians," he insisted. "They are a good team and they are in a false position. The quality they have as well, that will be a tough game for us.

"There are standards we have to meet. We are not in any position to be challenging for titles because we haven't got the experience. The hard work is done in the first half of the season and then, if we can strengthen in the summer I'm sure that we can start to push for a European spot again and have a run in the two cups."

Shiels admitted that a 'discussion' rather than a 'rollicking' was all that was needed to inspire Derry City's transformation in the second half of the weekend victory over Waterford.

Waterford were a significant threat for long parts of the first half on Friday with Gavan Holohan and Ismahil Akinade a constant danger in particular. But that all changed in the second period with City getting completely on top and the two aforementioned players barely featuring as City worked their way to a deserved win.

"It was more a discussion of where we were going wrong rather than a rollicking," Shiels said.

"I thought the play between the lines was fantastic in the second half, but we didn't do that in the first half. We went too diagonal and long. We must have played 10 long balls to Curtis and that's not us. I felt when we started to play through them we got better, we were more dominant and we were doing things that we were good at.

"We didn't seem to trust ourselves with the ball, but when we got it sorted at half-time you could see the difference in the performance. The confidence and the quality that they showed in the second half was immense, believe me."

Derry City

Bohemians

SSE Airtricity Premier Division:

Brandywell Stadium Tonight, 7.45pm

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