Wednesday 22 November 2017

Derry happy to travel as 'massive underdogs'

Shiels: “We definitely are massive underdogs but we look at it as a chance to hopefully do very well.” Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Shiels: “We definitely are massive underdogs but we look at it as a chance to hopefully do very well.” Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels is under no illusion about the scale of the task that lies ahead against FC Midtjylland this evening but he is happy to travel to Denmark as "massive underdogs".

Midtjylland haven't been shy in admitting that they don't know a whole lot about their opponents but they did send a representative to video Derry's game against Cork last week.

The Candystripes gave a decent account of themselves in the defeat to the runaway league leaders but if they are to have any hope of pulling off what would be a famous European victory, their performance levels must go up a notch or two.

"I've been watching them, and they are very slick," Shiels said on this week's episode of LOI Weekly.

"We'll go there with confidence. I don't want people to think we'll be negative but when I'm asked a question, you have to give a true account of their qualities and what they can offer and how big of a challenge it is for us. We'll look upon it as that.

"We definitely are massive underdogs but we look at it as a chance to hopefully do very well."

Conor McDermott, who Shiels described as "by some distance the best defender in the league" has been ruled out with a groin problem, while Barry McNamee (ankle) is also sidelined.

Midtjylland finished fifth in the Danish Superliga last season and boast plenty of European experience. If Derry are to have any hope, they must take a positive result back to Sligo for the return leg. It does, however, look to be a tricky ask.

Verdict: Midtjylland

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