Byrne: Nothing less than a win will do

If the form books are anything to go by, Louth have been a better team, both in terms of results and performances, away from home this season than at home.

If the form books are anything to go by, Louth have been a better team, both in terms of results and performances, away from home this season than at home.

It’s something which Wee County half back Declan Byrne is well aware of.

“Strangely enough, we’ve been better on the road than at home this season - the further away we are, the better we seem to play.”

All this bodes well for the Reds come Saturday, according to the St Mochtas man.

“We’re heading over there with confidence and nothing less than a win will do.”

Last time out against Westmeath, Louth came up against a formidable presence in the Midlanders goal, in the shape of Gary Connaughton.

But Byrne revealed that the net minder has departed the Westmeath set up.

“That’s a big blow for them. He’s one of their big players”, stated Byrne.

On that same afternoon in Navan, Westmeath’s usually reliable point scorer, Denis Glennon misfired and Louth were ultimately let off the hook in the end.

“He’s one of the best forwards in the country on his day. We were lucky that he missed as much as he did. We knew we got out of jail to a certain extent.

“But we can’t let him have so many chances on Saturday.”

Relfecting on the loss to the All Ireland Champions last time out, Byrne revealed that Louth simply had nothing to combat the Dubs with.

“They were on a different plane that day. I don’t think any team could have stood up to them to be honest.”

Byrne knows that the new players that have needed to be drafted in are not just there to “make up the numbers.”

“The whole panel is involved in this effort and the new lads will have a part to play next Saturday in some shape or form”, added the Mochtas man.

david@dundalkdemocrat.ie