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McEneff is confident the Candystripes can stretch unbeaten run

 

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City will hope to make it 10 league games unbeaten when they face rock-bottom Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.

The 2-0 win at Limerick earlier this week propelled the Candystripes to 26 points after 13 games, the best return at this point under Kenny Shiels in his three seasons in charge.

But with a massive double-header coming up against Dundalk and Cork City next week, three points this evening will be essential to maintain the momentum which has been building steadily since defeating Limerick and Bray at the Brandywell last month.

Aaron McEneff, who has scored eight goals in Derry's last 10 games in all competitions, believes that he and his team-mates must give Bray as much respect as they would any other opponent.

"Teams like Limerick and Bray are fighting for whatever points they can but it's still early in the season and there are a lot of points to play for," he explained.

"There's no hiding that Bray do have quality in their team. They have players like Gary McCabe and Aaron Greene who have bags of experience and who can hurt you going forward, so we'll have to be aware of that going into the game.

"But we have to have confidence in ourselves to go down there and get three points."

McEneff has been in sensational form so far this year, scoring nine goals in 14 appearances in all competitions, just one off his total for the entirety of last season.

It isn't just his accuracy which has been impressive - McEneff's work rate and his ability to drive his team forward from the heart of midfield have been key in Derry going 10 games unbeaten in all competitions.

It is a sign of maturity and growing responsibility within the team dynamic, and the player himself admits that he is enjoying his role more than ever.

"I'm working a lot harder this year, both with the ball and without the ball, and you get your results from hard work," he said.

"I'm playing a lot smarter at times and taking up good positions is helping going forward, so hopefully that can continue.

"It's a good return for the season so far. I'm obviously happy with it but more importantly the team are doing well. It's just good to keep scoring and try to help the team do well. But obviously you set yourself targets and you want to match them as well."

Bray Wanderers vs Derry City

SSE Airtricity Premier Division

Carlisle Grounds, Tonight, 7.45pm

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