Following their only defeat of the season in March, Derry City went on a fantastic run of 10 straight victories and boss Stephen Kenny is hoping they get revenge against Waterford United — their conquerors — tonight.
The Brandywell boss admits he can't believe the run his young side has embarked upon after that defeat at the RSC a few months ago.
“Waterford are a top team, they have George O'Callaghan, Liam Kearney, Kevin Murray, Alan Carey and Vinny Sullivan who have all played in FAI Cup finals and in the Premier Division,” explained Kenny.
“From our point of view they beat us but what a way to respond. To win 10 on the bounce, I couldn't have hoped for a better run than that. The players have been terrific and we want to keep that going.”
If the Candystripes do win the game they would open up a seven-point gap over this evening's opponents, something the Dubliner is only too aware off.
“We know a victory puts a bit of daylight between the sides and we must have aspirations to do that,” added Kenny.
“However I think Waterford are capable of causing damage to any side, so we must be at our best.
“Regardless of whatever way Waterford chose to play they'll be effective, they have a lot of good players and we'll have our hands full with them, but hopefully we can play well.”
Once again the Candystripes have a number of injury worries, with Ruairi Harkin, Stephen Parkhouse, Shane McEleney and Seamus Sharkey ruled out, while duo Barry Molloy and Patrick McEleney are struggling with hamstring and flu like symptoms respectively.
“Ruairi is still struggling (ankle), Shane is on international duty and Seamus and Stephen are still out and Patrick has had an illness and he has been struggling, but we'll see how he is,” said Kenny.