Consistency over the second half of the season will be the key to Dundalk launching an all out assault on the Airtricity League Premier Division title, according to Lilywhites vice-captain Mark Rossiter.
Following Friday night’s fantastic 2-1 win over league leaders St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park, Stephen Kenny’s men go into the summer break sitting just six points off the top of the table - with a game in hand.
And Rossiter said that if Dundalk can mirror Pats’ achievements over the first-half of the season, then they might just pull off what would be the most unlikely of title wins.
“It’s a great victory”, said Rossiter afterwards. “If Pat’s had won tonight they were 12 points clear of us. To bring it back to six points and to go into the break in third place, I think we’re in good shape.
“We’re kind of just floating under the radar”, he added. “Pat’s are top of the table and rightly so but they’ve not been too dissimilar to us. They’ve won seven out of nine on the road but they’ve got home form to back that up.
“That’s what we have to do. We’ve beaten Pat’s twice, we’ve beaten Sligo, we’re capable of beating anybody. We need to just bring an air of consistency and see where it takes us.”
Rossiter knows a thing or two about winning league titles from his time at Bohemians and he said that there was no doubt that this current Dundalk side had the quality and strength in depth to go all the way.
“Nobody doubts the quality”, he said. “If you look at our squad, we have Stevie O’Donnell out through suspension at the minute. He’s our captain and a massive loss but lads have come in and dug in. Stephen McDonnell has come in and was very good against Drogheda and again tonight he put in a decent shift.”
Dundalk now have a week off as the season enters its mid-season break.
“I’ll be chilling out. I’m not as young as I used to be”, he joked.