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Low credits Shiels as Candystripes aim to break Oriel duck

By Eoin Wilson

Nicky Low believes that Derry City have built enough momentum to earn their first win at Dundalk in five years when the teams meet this evening.

The Candystripes have not won at Oriel Park since 2013 but they go there in their best run of form since that period, with Kenny Shiels’ men winning six successive league games.

Low, who scored his first Derry goal in the victory over Bohemians on Monday, has credited Shiels as the reason behind the turnaround in fortunes, with City undefeated since losing 6-1 at Shamrock Rovers in March.

“We looked at the formation at the start of the season and it shows you how hard Kenny works because he has changed formation and it has worked.

“He went away, watched all the games, and he knows the way we train and since the Rovers game he has changed it. I play further forward now and I need to try and get used to that.

“I feel in the last few games I’ve played well and I’ve started to come into my own. As with any position, you have got to learn and hopefully I get a few more goals now to help us going forward,” said Low.

The midfielder believes that the current run, in addition to a League Cup victory at Finn Harps, has given the players the belief that they can match anyone in the division.

As well as that, the benefits of playing on an artificial surface week in week out will help them deal with the surface at Oriel Park better than ever before.

“It’ll be better for us now going to Dundalk, but there are still no excuses,” he said.

“I know Dundalk had a bit of advantage playing on it over time, but for most teams there are a few astro pitches now and most people train on pitches during the week because of the bad weather and stuff, so it should be an entertaining game.

“It’s a good surface to go and pass the ball on so hopefully it will be a good game of football.

“We’ve had a few good tests over the last few weeks but the boys are all buzzing. Dundalk will know they are in a hard game but so will we. It will be a game with good football and hopefully we can come out top.”

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