FORMER Bray Wanderers left-back Dane Massey was instrumental in helping Dundalk to a third clean sheet on the bounce at his old stomping ground of the Carlisle Grounds on Friday night.
And Massey feels that the hard work the back four and Peter Cherrie have been putting in on the training ground is beginning to pay dividends.
“It’s another win away from home and another clean sheet which is very important”, said Massey.
“We are only a new back four that has been put together so it’s a matter of getting to know each other and our capabilities basically.
“We have been working really hard in training as a unit and there has been a lot of balls pumped into the box and stuff. It has not been nice but it had to be done and we are getting our rewards.
“Peter Cherrie was excellent again tonight and he gives us a lot of confidence. It’s easier when you have somebody like him behind you. A lot of people take goal difference for granted but it could change your place in the table.”
After a disappointing first-half, Dundalk emerged as a different side in the second-half and they eventually broke the Seagulls down when Patrick Hoban headed home a Darren Meenan corner in the 51st minute.
“First-half we were poor”, conceded Massey. “I think they sat off us a bit and we didn’t really expect that. We changed our shape in the second-half and attacked them and looked a lot more clinical.
“Pat has been excellent”, he added. “In pre-season he was banging in goals and tonight he probably scored the harder of the two chances he had. The other one was a sitter but that goal will boost his confidence even more.”
Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny was keen to point out that the goals have been spread throughout the squad and Massey said that it was important not to be relying on one individual.
“That’s very important. We’re getting goals from midfield and even some of the defenders have popped up with goals. You need that to be successful. It takes a bit of pressure off the centre-forwards.”
Dundalk sit fourth in the table and Massey, after spending so many seasons struggling with Bray Wanderers in the past, admits it is a nice feeling to be looking up, rather than over his shoulder.
“We are just taking it one game at a time. There were a few draws with the teams ahead of us tonight and hopefully we can catch the likes of Sligo Rovers, Derry and St Pat’s. It’s great coming into training looking at the table and even better when you’re looking to catch teams like those.”