Lilywhites first-team coach Vinny Perth feels the sky is the limit for this current Dundalk squad after they stretched their winning run on the road to five league games thanks to a 1-0 win over Bray Wanderers on Friday night.
Dundalk took their tally to 21 points after 11 games - one more than the club could amass in the whole of last season – and Perth said there was no reason why they could not maintain that sort of progress for the rest of the campaign.
“We’ve got a lot of winners in our dressing room and we won’t accept mediocrity”, said Perth. “Finishing 4th or 5th and thinking that’s great won’t do for the likes of Stephen O’Donnell and Mark Rossiter.
“If you enter into this league and don’t think you can win it, then what’s the point? That’s our attitude. We’re looking at results ahead of us as opposed to below us and that is great at this stage.
“Home, away, it doesn’t matter where we pick our wins up. The key to achieving things is picking up three points, whether that’s against Bray Wanderers, Sligo Rovers or Shamrock Rovers. At the end of the season we’ll be judged by how many points we have.”
The Lilywhites also kept their third successive clean sheet at the Carlisle Grounds and Perth felt it laid the foundations for the victory.
“To be fair to Stephen (Kenny) and the back four, that has come off the training ground. They have put a lot of hard work in and it has paid off.
“We would have been worried tonight if Bray had created loads of chances and didn’t take them but we didn’t allow that. We watched Bray over the past two to three weeks and we showed the lads DVDs of them hitting posts and creating chances but they didn’t really create anything tonight.
“The back four are giving us a platform. With the midfield and the strikers we have, we’ll inevitably win games if we keep a clean sheet.”
It was certainly not Dundalk’s most eye-catching performance of the season but Perth said he would lose little sleep about that.
“We battled it out and got the three points. Sometimes you have to do that”, said Perth. “It wasn’t our best performance of the season but the pitch, although it looks good, was tough to play on.
“We’re happy in terms of the result, probably not with the performance, but winning when you’re not playing well is a positive.”
The former Malahide United boss also had a word of praise for Darren Meenan, a half-time substitute who swung in the corner for Patrick Hoban’s goal.
“We changed the shape a little bit at half-time and it could have been anybody who was taken off. Our subs have done really well for us in the past few weeks. Tonight Darren Meenan came on and created the winner. It shows that we have a bit of strength in depth.”