Derry City v Bray Wanderers, Friday, 7.45pm
Kenny Shiels has had little time to dwell on his side’s emphatic win over Limerick on Monday night as the Candy Stripes prepare to entertain Bray Wanderers at the Brandywell on Friday evening (7.45).
City put five past Limerick as an instant response from the heavy defeat against Shamrock Rovers last Friday to grab their second win of the season. City will now look to push on and climb the table as they welcome the Seagulls to the Brandywell
The City boss admitted that the “return home” had been a factor in Monday’s win and he hoped the local fans would be in good voice again at the weekend.
“The boys got a real lift from the atmosphere and occasion and I think you could see from their performance how they responded to that.”
“Obviously we won’t get carried away with the result because we have another big game on Friday. We go into the Bray match with our confidence restored and these young lads will be hoping for similar backing from our supporters again on Friday.”
Shiels might finally be seeing a flicker of light on the injury front as he looks set to welcome David Hopkirk into his weekend squad. He will still have to plan without long term absentees such as Gavin Peers and physio Michael Hegarty continues to be kept busy. Jamie McDonagh was forced off through injury last week and remains an injury doubt.
Debutant Jack Doyle impressed on his debut and may retain his place on the left hand side of defence. City had experimented with a three man defence but returned to a flat back four after last Friday’s heavy defeat.
Postponements of the club’s next two games against Dundalk and Cork will buy the City manager a little more time, but with a number of players called up to both the Northern Ireland and Republic Of Ireland side, he will be hoping for no further injury news.
Shiels will hope to keep the side fresh by playing the annual Billy Kee Memorial Cup game against neighbours Institute next Friday night.
Derry City would like to thank the match sponsor Tomorrows Bridal