Shiels urges his Candystripes to keep delivering home comforts
Derry City's return to the Brandywell may have gone better than expected earlier this week but only three points against Bray Wanderers this evening will suffice for Kenny Shiels, who is hoping to put the nightmare of Shamrock Rovers firmly behind him.
The 6-1 defeat at Tallaght a week ago was arguably the lowest part of Shiels' tenure as City boss, but he admitted he was "brought back to life" by his players' response just two days later, with the Candystripes running out 5-0 winners over Limerick in the first game at the new Brandywell in 507 days.
"We had to give something back to the city," he stated. "There was a big fanfare before the game and I was worried sick.
"I have managed teams in front of 60,000 and 70,000 supporters with no nerves at all, but this was nerve-racking because I knew the fans had been deprived of their fortnightly trip down to see their local team."
Derry now have unfinished business with Bray Wanderers from last season. The Seagulls took nine points over three games and, though they sit bottom of the table, Shiels is not taking the Seagulls lightly.
"It will be tough because Bray haven't started well but they have really good players," he said.
"We have the youngest team in the league and it is a big ask to ask them to keep producing and producing and producing."
Derry City vs Bray Wanderers
SSE Airtricity Premier Division
Brandywell Stadium, Tonight, 7.45pm