DERRY CITY manager, Stephen Kenny believes Friday night’s victory over Bohemians at Dalymount Park has provided his squad with a massive boost in confidence as they prepare for a tough schedule over the next week.
The ‘Candy Stripes’ face back-to-back league fixtures at Brandywell against UCD next Friday, May 6th and Drogheda United next Tuesday, May 10th before travelling to Tallaght to face the reigning league champions, Shamrock Rovers the following Friday.
And Kenny is hoping his side can maintain the level of performances like that shown against Pat Fenlon’s troops on Friday night in Dublin.
“I think it was a good away win,” said the Dubliner. “To go to Dalymount and get a win like that is a tremendous boost for us considering the form Bohemians have been in lately.”
Bohemians boss, Fenlon was adamant that the dismissal of midfielder Keith Buckley two minutes before the break was the defining moment in the game, but Kenny disagrees.
“We played well in the first half. I don’t know if the sending off was the turning point in the game. Our first half display was good but we could have penetrated more.
“Daniel Lafferty’s header at the end of the first half was a great goal. Our movement was very good and we deserved the win,” added Kenny.
It was almost a nervous conclusion to the game for the visitors when Shane McEleney conceded a dubious penalty on 84 minutes for a foul on former Brandywell favourite Killian Brennan, and although the Bohs winger’s spot-kick crashed back off the crossbar, Kenny was bemused by the decision of the referee.
“I didn’t think it was a penalty. The referee’s got it wrong. I’ve seen it and there’s absolutely no grey area.” Kenny, however, insists that now is not the time to be focused on referee’s decisions, as he prepares his side for a crucial run-in.
“We’re looking forward to a tough schedule with a lot of mid-week games and we hope our form can remain consistent.”