Something like a phenomenon: Kenny hails his side’s performances

Gavin McLaughlin

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Gavin McLaughlin

Something like a phenomenon: Kenny hails his side’s performances
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has described his side’s performances over the first half of the SSE Airtricity League campaign as ‘phenomenal’.

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has described his side’s performances over the first half of the SSE Airtricity League campaign as ‘phenomenal’.

Friday night’s 2-1 win over Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds sent Kenny’s title chasers into the mid season break with a three point lead over second placed Cork City and a further four ahead of Shamrock Rovers.

Dundalk also have a game in hand over both of thoseclubs and Kenny said he was thrilled by the remarkable level of consistency shown by his players thus far.

“We’ve had a phenomenal run - 19 wins, two draws and one defeat in all competitions is fantastic. We were beaten last week by Bohemians and that sticks in the craw but we’re very happy with the position we are in although we’re only three points ahead and that’s because Cork have been so consistent also.”

Looking ahead to the second half of the campaign, Kenny said he was still looking to bring in another striker.

Cliftonville’s prolific forward Joe Gormley was on Dundalk’s radar but he completed a move to Peterborough United in recent days while former Limerick star Rory Gaffney is expected to stay at Cambridge United despite not kicking a ball for the club since making a move from Limerick at the end of last season.

There was speculation at the weekend that last season’s top scorer, Patrick Hoban, was on the way back to Oriel Park but club sources have said a meeting between the Oxford United striker and club officials in Dublin on Saturday was purely coincidental and Kenny himself said that there was nothing concrete to report at the minute.

“There is a possibility in July that we will add to what we have got but at the moment it’s premature to say we are close because we haven’t agreed anything with anyone.”

The Dundalk boss also said that he would not be letting any of his players go. Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham are the latest cross channel clubs to be linked with Richie Towell but the Dundalk boss said that nobody would be leaving Oriel Park.

“No manager from any other club has rang me about my players,” he said.

“I know there were people watching players last week but we have got so much to play for this season and I’m not in the business of selling any of my players.

“I’m looking to improve and that’s not part of the plan at all.”