Derry City will take the game to Shamrock Rovers when they take on the league leaders in a rearranged clash in Tallaght tonight (7.45pm).
City have slipped five points off the pace set by the Dubliners, losing ground when they could only draw 1-1 with St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park on Friday night at the same time as Rovers were hammering UCD 6-1.
Defending champions Rovers have arguably the strongest squad in the league, but Derry boss Stephen Kenny says his side do not fear anyone.
“I have confidence in my team that if we play to the best of our ability, we can beat anyone in the league,” he said.
“Rovers are a good team and they are able to rotate their team a lot more than other squads.
“For example they were able to rest Ken Oman for Friday’s game with UCD and everyone knows just how important a player he is to them.”
Many of the players were guests at Paddy McCourt’s wedding in Derry and reception at Lough Eske Castle in Donegal on Saturday, but it was a quiet evening for them as Kenny had the squad back in for a training session yesterday in preparation for tonight’s game.
Kenny was disappointed not tot take all three points from the Pat’s match, but he was pleased with the performance.
“Stephen McLaughlin had his best performance in a Derry shirt,” Kenny said of the goalscorer.
“He played really well and he showed why we signed him.
“And credit also has to go to Gerard Doherty because he only got married in Italy on Wednesday and flew back to joint up with the rest of the team in Dublin on Friday.
“He performed really well and made some terrific saves and I though it was a remarkable display under the circumstances.”
Kenny will bring back James McClean who missed Friday’s match through suspension.