McCaffrey not worried by lack of Lilywhite goals

DUNDALK manager Sean McCaffrey said he wasn’t concerned about his side drawing another blank against Shelbourne at Oriel Park last Friday night.

DUNDALK manager Sean McCaffrey said he wasn’t concerned about his side drawing another blank against Shelbourne at Oriel Park last Friday night.

The scoreless draw at Oriel Park means that Dundalk have failed to score in five of their six league games this season but McCaffrey said he expected the goals to start flooding in once his players get that little bit of self-belief that is currently missing.

“I’m not going to worry about it”, said the Monaghan man. “We’ll keep working at it. When we look at the statistics, we’ve created 29 chances in six games but we’ve only turned over two.

“First and foremost we have to be creating chances, and we are. I think we might just have a mental barrier about putting the ball in the net. When they start going in and confidence builds form that and fellas believe the ball is going to start going in, I think we will push on very quick.

According to McCaffrey, a point apiece from the Shels match was the fair outcome. Shelbourne dominated the first-half and,

“Im relatively happy with the result”, said McCaffrey. “It was nice to get something out of the game. We could have won the match, we could have lost the match but it was a good performance. We threatened throughout and we always looked like we could win it so we’ll settle for the point.

“It was an even game”, he added. “Shelbourne played well. Alan Matthews’ teams are always well put together and well organised and they were solid defensively. David Cassidy and Paddy Kavanagh are good players. It was a good game, anybody could have won it and fortunately we didn’t lose it.”

Dundalk’s next league assignment is a trip to Tallaght to face the champions, Shamrock Rovers. The Hoops were hammered 5-1 by St Patrick’s Athletic in a Dublin derby on Friday night and McCaffrey is wary of the response that may be in the offing from Stephen Kenny’s side.

“Rovers are a great club, they are league champions and Tallaght is a great stadium so it’s a great opportunity for the younger players. I’m disappointed to hear that they were beaten 5-1 against St Pat’s because we could get a backlash from that.”

Key to Dundalk’s hopes will be the performance of Peter Cherrie. The Scot was excellent against Shelbourne, drawing words of praise from his manager.

“Peter has been absolutely sensational this season. His attitude, on and off the park, has been a revelation and he has been a big help to young Ger Hanley. His attitude is spot on and I think he is back approaching the form he was in during his first season at Dundalk. He was absolutely top class.”