DUNDALK captain Chris Shields felt that performance against Drogheda United on Friday night showed that the Lilywhites had learned a harsh lesson from their previous encounter with St Patrick’s Athletic.
The Lilywhites skipper made his first league appearance of the season after recovering from a jarred knee to play his part in the 0-0 draw at Hunky Dory’s Park.
Unlucky not to return home with all three points, Dundalk produced a morale boosting display against the Boynesiders and with UCD next up for Sean McCaffrey’s men, Shields is hoping his side can now push on and pick up their first win of the campaign.
“It’s about time we picked up the three points. Teams like UCD are the teams we are looking to take points off, especially at Oriel Park”, he said.
“The Pat’s game was a bit of a wake up call. Some of the lads have never played at this level before and it might have been the foot in that they needed to realise just how physical this league is. You have to raise your game every week. It might be a blessing in disguise and we picked ourselves up well.
“After the Pats game, we were pretty down and we had to make sure we put in a performance tonight. With them going down to nine men we are a bit disappointed and the feeling is that it’s two points dropped.
“When we get UCD out of the way we have some tough games coming up against teams at the top end of the table. That will really show what we’re made of.”
Shields said he felt no reaction to the injury afterwards and he is now hoping to get an extended run in the side.
“I came in during the week and the knee felt a lot better. I wanted to play and i feel okay after getting through the 90 minutes. I got a knock right at the end but it feels better than what I thought it would.
“We always knew it was going to be a tough game. It was my sort of game. I enjoy getting in and getting dirty, it has to be done in games like this”.