Institute may have top spot in the Irish Championship in their sights this weekend but manager, Paul Kee has warned his players not to underestimate the threat of lowly Dergview.
Last Saturday’s hard fought victory over Donegal Celtic moved ‘Stute into second spot behind Dundela with a game in hand.
And the club progressed to a North West Senior Cup final against Newbuildings with victory over Coleraine last Monday night, therefore confidence is high in ‘Stute camp at present.
‘Stute boss, Kee though, is worried his players could overlook the challenge of the Co. Tyrone side tomorrow.
“We have to go to Dergview and try to keep our momentum going,” said Kee. “Complacency can happen in any game, but we’ll be making the players aware that Dergview went to Dundela a couple of weeks ago and drew 2-2.
“Iam McFaul has watched Dergview for us and we have a good idea what way they play and we have a good idea who their key players are, but if we can keep what we are doing and get our key players influencing the game then on our day we are a match for any team.
“It’s just a case of keeping that level of concentration and discipline going and I think the players want that, they know the importance of the league, so it’s up for us to remind them of that.”
Last season ‘Stute met Dergview twice in the league and once in the Irish Cup with the Waterside club winning at home twice (1-0 and 2-0) after a 0-0 draw at Dergview in the league earlier in the season.
The Waterside men will welcome back Paddy McLaughlin from suspension, while Declan McKeever may also be involved.
However, Robbie Hume is likely to miss out again through injury.
“We have to try and keep our key players fit, it was good that (Michael) McCrudden is back now.
“And we have to keep the likes of Darren McCauley fit, because offensively he has been outstanding.
“We have moved him higher up the pitch and he’s hard to contain at times.
“His running ability and his receiving the ball on the turn has been excellent. He’s got good creativity, he’s got power, strength and he’s got ability, so hopefully his form can continue.
“It’s quite exciting watching Colm McLaughlin and Darren McCauley link up at the minute.
“And we have good balance down our left hand side, while Graham Crown put in a good shift against Coleraine on Monday night, down our right side.
“Gary Henderson had a better game on Monday night, while Aaron Walsh was exceptional against Coleraine and it was an excellent work-out for our boys.
Michael Doherty and Andy Devlin will also be back in the squad, but Marty Gallagher is set to miss out with a foot injury.