DUNDALK face a “different kind of pressure” when they face Galway United in their first home league game of the season at Oriel Park on Friday night according to manager Ian Foster.
Galway United boss Sean Connor only finalised his squad just days before the start of the League of Ireland season and it showed on Friday night as the Tribesmen fell to a 3-0 home defeat against St Patrick’s Athletic.
Dundalk, who were ranked as 4/1 outsiders to win in Tallaght in their opener, go into the game with the shoe firmly on the other foot on this occasion as they are ranked as hot favourites to land their first win of the season, but Foster, who spent a year in charge at Terryland Park, has dismissed claims that it will be as straightforward as what some are predicting.
“Ultimately we won’t get to where we want to be at the end of the season by winning in Tallaght. That game is consigned to the history books. We look forward to Galway now on Friday. I think people will assume it’s an easy game and that’s something we have to deal with as a group of players. Can we handle that pressure? Time will tell.
“All of a sudden you are going from games where nobody was giving us a prayer in places like Tallaght and Windsor Park to a game where everybody expects us to win easily. It won’t be easy, no games are in this league. Galway were drawing 0-0 with St Pat’s on Friday at half-time and they’ll come with a game plan, be well organised and they’ll be delighted to go away with a point so it’s a pressure game for us.”
“We need the fans behind us”, he added. “I’d be happy with a 1-0 win in the 94th minute if that’s what it takes. We wont go gung ho and try and win the game after 10 minutes, we’ll be patient and I think the fans may need to be patient too. It’s not a game where we can just go and steamroll the opposition. You don’t get games like that in this league.”
Eoghan Osborne (hamstring) who was ruled out of last night’s Setanta Cup quarter-final first leg against Glentoran at The Oval is a doubt for Friday but Ross Gaynor is available for the visit of Connor’s men on Friday night after serving a one game Setanta Cup suspension.
Dundalk will definitely be without the services of Peter Cherrie who was sent off in Tallaght but Foster expects to have him back for the visit of Bohemians on Friday week.
“I expect to lose Peter for the Galway Uniuted game and that’s it. It was a profesional foul, not violent conduct, so I would assume it’s a one game ban.”