Lilywhites defender Brian Gartland looked upon Dundalk’s 2-0 win over UCD as just another three points, saying that the fact that Dundalk were now top of the table was an ‘added bonus’.
“Every game we play now is massive”, said the former Portadown player.
“With Pat’s having to play two games before we play again on Sunday it was very important that we won this game. The fact that they dropped points is a bonus.
The Dundalk supporters made the trip home from Belfield dreaming of a first League of Ireland title since 1995 but Gartland said that the players were remaining focussed on the job ahead.
“The fans are getting excited, that is why supporters follow football, but nobody in the team is getting ahead of themselves”, he stated.
“We’re thinking solely of the next game, and that’s Drogheda.
“Thats the best way to go about it”, he added.
“We have seven games to go, Pat’s have eight and teams will more than likely drop points. There’ll be a couple of twists and turns.”
Gartland made his 8th appearance in the victory over the Students and he felt it was a ‘professional’ performance.
“UCD are good on the counter attack and they score a lot of goals for a team down the bottom of the table but I thought our concentration levels were great.
“We maybe got a bit of luck with the sending-off when their player got booked before coming on. I got booked like that before so the referee has to apply the letter of the law
“After that we made them run and the goals from Pat and Richie were fantastic.”