Massey hails fighting spirit

Massey hails fighting spirit
Dundalk goalscorer Dane Massey believes his side displayed their terrific team spirit again in battling back to gain a draw against Limerick.

Dundalk goalscorer Dane Massey believes his side displayed their terrific team spirit again in battling back to gain a draw against Limerick.

They found themselves two goals down with 20 minutes remaining before Massey headed home his first goal for the club to start the fightback.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “We made it hard for ourselves again in the game but we showed good spirit and we always felt we were in control of the game.

“The two goals came at bad times but we felt good and should really have won the game but we did get a draw and the performance hasn’t been too bad but we started off well, had a lot of possession in parts of the first half and the goal came from mistakes that we should be doing more to cancel out.”

Following that result though, the fixture next week with second-placed Derry City will take on extra significance and Massey is looking forward to the challenge and also insists that at this point of the season, it is all about positive results as well as turning Oriel Park into a fortress.

“It was a good display tonight and now we can push on to next week and are fully focused on a tough game against Derry and we will try to catch them, that is something we know we can do,” the former Bray Wanderers defender stated.

“For us at this stage of this season, it is all about just getting those points up on the board and trying to make our home ground a tough place to come to for everyone and making sure nobody has an easy game here and just getting as many points as we can to kick on with.”

The 24-year-old was also pleased with how his side controlled the game against a difficult side and he is happy with both the performance of the team and his own, having picked up the man of the match award.

He continued: “We knew what Limerick were going to try and do because they are a good footballing team and we knew that if we gave the ball away then they would be able to hold on to it for long parts of the game so we wanted to keep it ourselves and not make silly mistakes and should have really pushed on a bit more in the first half but we did come out much better in the second half and can be happy with that,” the full-back added.

“I was happy with my goal and the performance and I was unlucky with the shot just after that but it was just unfortunate that I didn’t manage to catch it properly but it was pleasing and I just feel that if we had started the game the way we had finished it then it would have been a different result but I’m happy all round with how it went.”