Despite his side battling back from two goals down to secure a point against Limerick, Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny believes they should have emerged with victory following a “bittersweet” display.
Again the Lilywhites found themselves two goals down in the closing stages before goals from Dane Massey and Tiarnan Mulvenna helped them to a share of the spoils.
However, Kenny said: “Although everyone will be pleased going home with a point tonight and happy with the commitment everyone showed and the progress we are making, we are not thrilled with a point because we know we could have won the game.
“We controlled the first half without creating many chances because they were a tough team to break down but our final ball could have been better at times,” he continued. “The goal in the second half was a real kick in the teeth for us but I think in the end, we were unfortunate not to win the game.
“We were committed to attack throughout and there is a big difference between a point and three points but I think that we left two points behind tonight.”
Given that his side showed their character in fighting back in the face of adversity once more and are also showing a real knack for finding goals late in games, the former Dunfermline manager paid great tribute to them for doing so.
He enthused afterwards: “The ability to get late goals is great. We got three against Shels, two against Drogheda and two against UCD so that is something we have to be happy with and it is a great mentality to have.
“It is the players themselves who have dug their way back into games because we create a lot of chances. We could have won well or at least won the game tonight so it is bittersweet because on the balance of play we dominated and probably should have got the win.”
He also went on to single out his central midfield duo for particular praise following their performances as well as Dane Massey and John Sullivan, both of whom had a hand in the comeback.
“The players have made excellent progress and both full-backs did well getting forward and [Richie] Towell and [Keith] Ward were very good against seasoned professionals like Joe Gamble and Stephen Bradley so they did very well.”
Looking ahead to next weekend’s key clash at home to his former club Derry City, Kenny insists he has nothing but good memories of his time at the Brandywell but insists his side will be confident.
“I have fantastic affection for Derry as a city and as a football club and they are flying at the moment,” said Kenny. “I won six trophies there and enjoyed my time. They have a very talented squad but we haven’t looked inferior to anyone except maybe the first half against Sligo and we can hold our own against anyone so we don’t fear any team.”