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Candystripes won't slip up on Cup banana skin, vows Deery

Kevin Deery
Kevin Deery

By Eoin Wilson

Kevin Deery has warned Derry City players about complacency heading into the FAI Cup first round tie against Wexford at the Brandywell tonight.

City's FAI Cup campaign kicks off with a favourable home draw against the team currently bottom of the First Division - with only two wins in 23 games this season.

But assistant manager Deery is paying no attention to the favourites tag.

Deery was at the club as a player when City drew 0-0 with non-league Bluebell, and no fan can ever forget the defeat to Ashtown Villa back in 1991.

"I've been here many a time when we were playing against non-league opposition," he said.

"I think we were taken to a replay against Bluebell from Dublin one year. You can't have that mentality. You have to take them seriously. We have watched them so we'll take them seriously and if we use the big pitch, use our energy and the fight we've shown all year we'll be confident in ourselves, but you have to fight in every game.

"The club has a great tradition in the competition and that will be the message to the players this week - that this is a competition we want to do well in so don't be taking Wexford lightly and come and produce the same level of performance they did against Waterford (in the League Cup)," he said.

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There are few teams, if any, who can match Derry City's form at present, with the Candystripes losing just once in their last 12 games in all competitions.

Deery said: "We have been tremendous, really consistent.

"For a new group of players to get to the final of the League Cup and going well in the league, we're just striving to get better and it's a credit to the players who come in and get their work done.

"It's a joy but we have to keep pushing - we can't settle now because we're in a final.

"We're in a good league position so we have to drive it on," he added.

"We have a big cup tie (tonight). You can never stand still in this game.

"We want to progress in the FAI Cup and that's where our focus is now."

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