AFTER their smash and grab draw in Derry on Sunday, Louth have fired themselves into a position were a victory over Meath in two weeks time will guarantee their survival in Division Two of the Allianz Football League.
But Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick is taking nothing for granted st this stage.
“We’ve great respect for Meath. It’s going to be a ding dong of a game. But the bottom line is that we have to stay in Division Two. Because for Louth football to progress we need these games.
“We’re there until the last game of the league and it’s in our own hands at the moment. The winner of the match in Navan will stay up. It’s going to be a very tough game, Meath are a very tough team,” added Fitzer.
After a challenging season so far, Louth will enter that match brimming with confidence after Sunday’s match.
The Wee County also posted their first goal of the campaign, courtesy of Darren Clarke and the Louth manager is hopeful that Paddy Keenan will be fit for Navan.
“If I had pushed Paddy today he’d have played for Louth. But I took the medical advice. I asked Paddy and he said he was sore and I decided to rest him until the Meath match. All I can say is that we will have a full squad to face Meath in two weeks.”
Louth also moved off the bottom of the table following the draw and with three other teams on four points, Fitzpatrick knows that having a fully fit team and a settled squad will be vital after a tough few weeks.
“We lost three games on the trot, it was very disappointing. But we have a settled team now.
We just want to stay in Division Two,” stated Fitzer.
Foward Mark Brennan also felt that Louth have a squad capable of great things.
“Since I started playing with Louth this is the best squad I’ve played with.”
“Everyone on the whole panel is fit enough and good enough to come on and play their part. So we’re not relying on any one player,” added Brennan.