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Derry City must silence Shamrock Rovers

By Peter Hutcheon

Derry City hope to have Eddie McCallion back for tonight's crunch match at home to league leaders Shamrock Rovers (7.45pm).

Rovers arrive at the Brandywell boasting the only perfect record in the Airtricity League Premier Division with three wins from three.

Derry have a full house of one victory, one defeat and one draw so far and it was the last of these, the 2-2 draw at Drogheda United which has given manager Stephen Kenny most food for thought.

His City team were cruising at two up only to see the lead wiped out in a crazy three-minute spell in the second half.

And it was inexperience at the back in the absence of the veteran fullback McCallion, which cost them.

It is likely to be a recurring theme this season as Kenny lacks a great deal of experience in his small squad.

“A combination of naivety and inexperience cost us and we definitely left points behind,” Kenny said. “It was a game that we really should have won.

“We were kicking ourselves after the match and to have played so well throughout and then concede two goals is just very disappointing. We made a few silly mistakes and Drogheda punished us.”

On the plus side skipper Kevin Deery came through his first match of the season after injury unscathed and there's a chance that winger James McClean, who made quite a name for himself in last season's run to the first division title, will start on the bench.

Rovers are favourites to retain their title.

They have been largely untroubled so far and there's no doubt it is Derry's toughest assignment so far.

They will be more than happy to come out of the game with a point, although Kenny is hoping for more than that.

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