DUNDALK manager Stephen Kenny insists his side will continue to take risks with their style of football.
Kenny’s side displayed great courage in building from the back against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night and even though some supporters were left living on their nerves at times, Kenny said it was something they would have to get used to.
“It’s a good result. The players were brave and courageous. We passed the ball really well, maybe our final pass in and around the box maybe wasn’t great but I’m nit picking. We controlled a lot of the game.
“There was an honesty about us when we didn’t have the ball and we were brave when we had the ball. I don’t think the fans knew what to expect from us and I think they were surprised by how patient we were”, he added.
“There were times when you could feel the anxiety and they probably wanted us to play it forward but it takes a lot of bravery to receive the ball under pressure on your own 18-yard line.
“That’s a high risk strategy and people will get frustrated saying we play too much football but thats the way you have to play against the top teams. You need to control the ball against them. If you keep giving the ball to teams like Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers they will punish you.”
Kenny also paid tribute to his back four and goalkeeper with Peter Cherrie saving a penalty and Mark Rossiter and John Sullivan impressing in positions they are not accustomed to playing in.
“We defended really well. Rovers have had four games and they have been scoring a lot of goals. There were question marks over our back four. I’ve made John a right-back, he’s never really played there before and likewise with Mark at centre-back but I feel they can play there.
“It was a fantastic save from Peter. He has showed a great strength of character. To conceded 80 goals last season can knock you but he has shown what he is made of. He is in great for at the minute, he looks very dominant and very assured and if he keeps that up we will keep a lot more clean sheets.”