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Kenny Shiels keeping feet on ground as Derry aim for Cup semi-final

By Eoin Wilson

Kenny Shiels won't take Wexford Youths lightly in tonight's FAI Cup quarter-final at Ferrycarrig Park.

Derry City, aiming for their third final in five years, are favourites to come through against a team fighting against relegation from the Premier Division.

But Shiels has dismissed any notion that this is an easy draw for the Candystripes.

"You don't have easy games in this league," he said. "You don't get anything in life unless you work for it and that's been our attitude all season.

"We isolate our games and prepare for each on its merits and we work hard in preparation and we go out to do our best."

Having narrowly missed out on reaching the League Cup final this season with a semi-final loss to Limerick, Shiels is eager to atone in the one remaining cup competition.

"It would mean a lot to me, but you can't look beyond the horizon," he said. "We don't talk about semi-finals and finals when we haven't even played the quarters. The rewards are great, it's our most important match of the season because it's our next one, against difficult opponent.

"We have great aspirations to give our supporters a cup final and it would be absolutely brilliant if we could do that."

Derry have produced some impressive attacking play of late as they chase European qualification, but they have failed to get the goals to match their play, finding the net just once in the last two games. But Shiels is not too concerned.

"When you don't score goals when you are dominant as we have been, you can correct the wrong things," he explained.

"It's about sustaining a confidence level and hoping that the elusive goal will come to give us a platform.

"I don't think we should let that play on our minds too much. We know we are a good team; we are right up there in terms of goals scored."

Lukas Schubert (knee) is a doubt while defenders Ryan McBride, Aaron Barry and Max Kraner remain sidelined.

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