Dundalk v Derry City – Fri 4th Oct – KO 7.45pm – Oriel Park, Dundalk
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Kevin Deery insists that Derry City can be buoyed by their away form as they head to Oriel Park on Friday night hoping to maintain their push for one of those coveted European spots.
The Candystripes moved into third place in the table with a convincing win against Cork last Friday night and now know that a top four finish would see them into the Europa League qualifiers in 2020.
Deery though only has eyes for that third place despite starting their final four games at the home of the champions.
“We’ve talked this week about the fact that we’ve only lost three times on the road this season. That’s a superb achievement for a group of players who have only been together since January and we can take heart from that.”
“Dundalk have earned all the plaudits this season and rightly so. They have had another brilliant year but from our point, we’ve competed with them every time we met.”
“They have already won the league but we know Ruaidhrí and many of their players and they’ll still be looking to protect their 30-game unbeaten run, so there’s no chance of them taking their eye off the ball.”
“We have no match for 15 days after this so we can focus all our attention on Friday night. A result there would really set things up for that busy end to the season.”
Photo: Kevin Moore
On the team front, City have been dealt a blow with the news that Jack Malone’s season could be over after picking up a stress fracture in his foot. The Assistant Manager confirmed the midfielder’s injury and said they would take no chances with the talented 19-year old.
“Jack has been excellent since coming into the side this summer. He picked up a knock recently and then felt it in training this week so we had it checked out. It’s a stress fracture but we won’t know the extent until he sees a specialist in the next few days.”
“It’s possible that Jack’s season could be over but he’ll be back in no time and has a big future at this club.”
“Apart from him and Darren Cole, everyone else is fit and looking forward to the game including Conor Davis who has fully overcome his injury and has looked really sharp in training again.”
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