Dundalk v Derry City, Oriel Park, 7.45pm
Derry travel to the home of the reigning champions tonight as they take on Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk side. The Candystripes, buoyed by their 3-1 victory on Friday night will be looking to close the gap to the Lilywhites as the League of Ireland faces into the mid-season break in a couple of weeks.
City have enjoyed very slim picking against Dundalk in recent years but have reversed the trend in the last year – coming for two down to force a replay in last year’s FAI Cup Semi Final before losing in the replay and then winning 3-1 early in the season. Shiels will be hoping that his sides recent run of 7 points for a potential 9 is a return to the early season form.
Speaking yesterday the City boss outlined that there are injuries doubts over key first team Dean Jarvis and Nicky Low. Jarvis was substituted late on Friday after a awkward win.
“[Dean and Nicky] missing will weaken us considerably. Not that the people coming in aren’t good players, they just don’t have as much experience”
However the manager was positive about the trip to Oriel
“It was a very good win and it was one we had to win. We must try and cement some stability in our league placings. I am expecting the boys to give a good show”.
“Dundalk are always a threat they have a lot of quality. We need to match their performance and if we do that we have a chance. We have to managed the game in stages and we have to add to that in performance. If we can get a performance similar to Friday then we have a chance”.
“I could see on Friday that there was that energy about them, as we have worked hard on the preparation”
Barry McNamee was also in a positive mode when the spoke the Derry Journal
“Obviously after the Limerick game we sat down and said that we had four games before the break and we wanted to pick up as many points as we can,” he added.
“We have made bit of gap between us and (Shamrock) Rovers, so we have to consider the teams in front of us and that challenge is right in our face this Tuesday.”