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Byline: ARTHUR DUFFY

BARRY Molloy is no stranger to midfield battles and the 28-year-old will be expected to roll up his sleeves at the Carlisle Grounds tonight.

Deputising as Derry City captain due to the injured Kevin Deery, Molloy is well aware of the dangers of complacency.

And given that nothing is ever won easily against Bray Wanderers, the Candystripes star prepared for a difficult fixture.

"It's a wide open venue and there always seems to be a wind factor due to the nearby sea," he noted.

"The pitch is not always the best and the game normally develops into a battle, it always is a battle down there.

"Quite a few teams would agree that matches in Bray are difficult, but we've got off to a positive start this season and, hopefully we can take three points back home with us on Friday night," added the 28-year-old.

Having beaten Bohemians 1-0 in last weekend's opening fixture, Molloy is buzzing given that Derry had lost their opening games for the previous two seasons.

"The win over Bohemians was a big three points for us and while a few may have complained about the performance, that doesn't matter at this stage of the season. It's all about results "We play a few fixtures before taking on the more fancied teams so I think that it's very important that we try to get as many points on the board as possible."

Having held Linfield to a 1-1 draw at Windsor Park in the Setanta Sports Cup last Monday, Molloy was again involved in a battle but he felt the end result was a deserved one.

"There's no question that we must step up from our recent performances against Bohemians and Linfield, but I think everyone is aware of that.

"Early season matches can go for or against you, so it's important not to get carried away.

"New players need time to bed in and, so far, I think we've done well and hopefully that will continue in Bray on Friday night," he concluded.

On the team front, Rory Patterson returns to lead the Derry strike force while winger Owen Morrison has also been included in the travelling squad.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2012
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