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The former Shamrock Rovers and Candystripes boss has praised his former club ahead of their Airtricity Premier Division clash at Oriel Park

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny has said that his team does not 'fear anyone' ahead of their clash with Derry City at Oriel Park.

The Lilywhites host the Candystripes in the Airtricity Premier Division on Friday, April 12, seeking their first home win in the league, and Kenny praised his former club, noting that they were justly considered title-challengers.

Midfielder Stephen O'Donnell is ruled out through injury, but Stephen Kenny has an otherwise full panel to choose from.

"Derry City are a really good side," he told the club's official website. "They are in second place and being talked about challengers to Sligo Rovers, rightly so."

He continued: "They have really good players and play some good football so it is all set up for a great game between us.

"We don't have fear anyone and we've only lost one match so far so we're pleased how things have gone with the new group but we are going for the win on Friday. We haven't won at home yet and we’re hoping we can get that first win this week."

Derry City currently lie in second place in the league, four points ahead of third-placed Dundalk and boss Declan Devine has admitted that there "are no easy games" in the Airtricity Premier Division, revealing that he was preparing his team for a "very difficult game" against Dundalk.

The Candystripes will be without the services of Kevin Deery, while Sean Houston and Stewart Greacen are also unavailable. However, Devine will be able to call upon Northern Ireland international Rory Patterson, who missed the 4-0 victory against Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

"There are no easy games in this league and we have to make sure that we are ready for a very difficult game," Devine told the club's official website.

"Dundalk have got off to a very good start and I think they have very good players and obviously Stephen will be very determined that he wants to get a result against ourselves."

Dundalk will play host to Derry City at Oriel Park on Friday, April 12. Kick off 19:45 BST.