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Stephen Kenny tells Derry City to show bravery in title quest

Derry City manager Stephen Kenny wants his players to show no fear and embrace the challenge of trying to secure the Airtricity First Division title.

The Brandywell men, who host old rivals Shelbourne tonight, are a point clear of Monaghan United, but Mick Cooke's side have a game in hand.

“It's the stage of the season were we need to meet the challenge head on, you shouldn't be fearful of that and you should embrace it,” declared the Dubliner.

“We have four games left and we know it's in our own hands but we have no margin for error, so hopefully that brings out the best in us tonight.

“Shelbourne are going for the league themselves, they are an excellent team and we'll have to be at our best.

“Yes, we've certainly slipped up over recent weeks results-wise, but some of the football we've played during those games has been outstanding.

“The players have been terrific throughout the season and they are not going to stop now.”

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Alan Mathews' side come to the Brandywell as the in-form team in the league, with four wins from their last four outings and victory would put them a point behind the Candystripes, and because of that the Derry City gaffer is expecting an open and exciting game.

“I think they will come an attack and I think it will be a pretty open and it could be a terrific game and we have to make sure we come out the right side of it.

“Shels are coming and we have to rise to the challenge and try to get the victory that we want.

“I think our players must continue to display the confidence to express themselves.

City will be without keeper Gerard Doherty through suspension, with Eugene Ferry deputising, while Patrick McEleney, Kevin Deery and Thomas McBride are also missing this evening's clash.

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