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Thursday 29 September 2016

Shiels ready for Hoops

"After the Harps defeat, they dug in. They've worked hard together. They've developed a collective spirit. But we've got to reproduce that every week. That's the challenge," says Shiels (p) Photo: Sportsfile

Derry City will hope to keep up their good home record against Shamrock Rovers and use that to sustain their good start to the season.

Pat Fenlon takes his Rovers side up the N2 to face Derry tonight, aware that the Hoops managed just one point from two games at the Branydwell last season while in 2014, Derry beat Rovers at the Brandywell to knock them out the FAI Cup.

Derry have shocked more than a few observers with their good start in 2016 as they recovered from a loss to Finn Harps on the opening night but boss Kenny Shiels wants to see good displays every week.

"After the Harps defeat, they dug in. They've worked hard together. They've developed a collective spirit. But we've got to reproduce that every week. That's the challenge," says Shiels, who went up against Fenlon as manager in their time in the SPL but has a first LOI battle with the Dubliner tonight.

"The big five are probably Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers, Cork, Galway, St Pats - even Bohs are in there as well. To break into that would be something we really want to achieve," added Shiels.

Derry's Conor McCormack misses out on a meeting with his former club due to suspension as Rovers have injury worries over Luke Byrne and Stephen McPhail.

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