Kenny Shiels has made an impassioned plea to Derry City fans ahead of tomorrow's Europa League clash with Dinamo Minsk.
The Brandywell clash has been overshadowed in recent weeks due to controversy over the ticket prices for the game, which has seen both fans and the club dig their heels in on separate sides of the argument.
But with kick off approaching, Shiels has appealed to fans to come out and support their team.
"I think the emphasis is the working class aspect of this," he said. "The players that we have are all working class. The management is all working class, so we’re emphasising that this week because these lads, when they finish the game in their mid or early thirties, they have to readjust. They are living amongst our supporters, and they are every bit as working class as the supporters.
"They play here because it is their city and they want to make a mark and now they have the opportunity to play against professionals from the Eastern Bloc. Derry people are so lucky that they have a professional club on their doorstep and they have players who are working class playing in the same arena that they are going to watch and they are playing with their hearts to do their best.
"We don’t always give a good performance but we work as hard as we can and I want to emphasise that to the supporters. Come out and give these lads a bit of backing please because they are going to need it and it would be really, really good to get the vocal support we had earlier in the season.
"It was a novelty when we just moved into the new ground and the atmosphere in the first three or four games was fantastic and we won all of them. But now that that has petered out and it’s not novel now we need the supporters to come out and give us that extra voice and that twelfth man."
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