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Shiels determined to mark Derry century with defiant victory

 

By Eoin Wilson

Kenny Shiels is hoping to celebrate his 100th game in charge of Derry City with victory over Waterford at the RSC tonight.

The Candystripes got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Bray Wanderers at the Brandywell on Monday, and could go back into third place in the Premier Division with a win this evening.

Tonight's game is a milestone for Shiels who has led Derry to European qualification in both seasons in charge as well as three cup semi-finals.

The preparations for tonight's game have been far from smooth however with two players leaving the club this week.

Former Manchester United prospect John Cofie has left after making just four appearances for the club this season, while striker Nathan Boyle is in dispute with the club over a lack of playing time.

The club insist that Boyle remains under contract but the player, with just six substitute appearances this season, has indicated that he will not return to the Brandywell.

With Ronan Curtis set to join Portsmouth on June 8, it leaves Shiels very short of attacking players.

Shiels however is focusing only on tonight's game and is hoping to see a better performance and result from his team than the defeat suffered at the RSC on the opening day of the season.

"We're back in the frame of the top four now and that's where we want to stay," he said.

"Waterford are vying for that position and they lost their first game at home last week, just like ourselves actually. They are a team that has good players."

Shiels, who will also be without midfielder Nicky Low through injury, has been impressed with his team's resurgence this season, despite slipping up lately.

"We lost three of our first four and I think Waterford won three of their first four," he added.

"We are catching them now but we have to go there and win, and if we don't, we have to take points off them if we can. But we have to try and win in every game we play.

"I think we've done well considering it was a developmental team and we lost so many players.

"We have won nine games out of 18 and to do that after losing three of the first four is pleasing.

"We have only lost three in our last 15. We have to continue to try and climb up the table. Thirty points from half the season is pretty decent."

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