AS A former Shamrock Rovers player, Tommy Dunne (pictured) is all to aware of how much a derby defeat to rivals Bohemians hurts the Hoops.
And that's why the current Galway United boss is expecting a backlash from Pat Fenlon's side when the sides meet at Eamon Deacy Park tonight, as Rovers lost 3-1 to Bohs just before the mid-season break.
"We will have to go up a level against Shamrock Rovers to get a positive result, they'll be hurting after losing to Bohemians," says Dunne, whose side had a positive finish to the first part of the season, a 1-0 win away to Longford Town two weeks ago.
"We've got to concentrate on ourselves and above all else, we need to put in a strong performance in-front of our own supporters.
"This is a game we're all relishing. We understand that we'll be up against it but we don't have any fear coming into the game. We need to be disciplined in what we do and we must continue to work hard for each other," added Dunne, the Tallaght man aware that his side have (apart from a 5-3 win at home to Bohemians) struggled against the Dublin clubs this term.
Rovers face into two away games in the space of a few days, as after tonight's test in Galway they travel to Luxembourg on Monday for Tuesday's Europa League tie.
"Galway are a decent side this year, and we would expect a good game , they have actually been a bit unlucky so far this season, and I think they are better than their league position would suggest," says Rovers boss Pat Fenlon, who travels to Galway with a weakened squad, Keith Fahey and Danny North out for the foreseeable future.