Kenny insists players will remain grounded

Kenny insists players will remain grounded
Stephen Kenny praised his side’s incredible display after they took reigning SSE Airtricity League champions St Patrick’s Athletic apart in Inchicore on Friday night.

Stephen Kenny praised his side’s incredible display after they took reigning SSE Airtricity League champions St Patrick’s Athletic apart in Inchicore on Friday night.

The win, their biggest over the Saints in the league in 24 years, was arguably one of, if not the finest performances from this Dundalk team since Kenny took over last season.

“It is a fantastic performance from the players and they deserve huge credit. The players can take huge satisfaction from a display like that because our football on the night was of a very high technical quality,” Kenny said.

“We take a lot of confidence from it and are delighted but we also know that it is just three points and we must keep backing it up.”

The Dundalk boss was thrilled with the class of his side’s four goals, each one something special in its own right, and also marked the first time Dundalk bagged four in a league fixture in the capital since a 4-2 win at Dublin City in 2002 in a First Division fixture.

“I thought we were unfortunate to be 1-0 down at half-time but we kept our composure and maturity and the quality of the goals we scored in the second-half was terrific,” the Lilywhites boss said.

“John Mountney’s goal was the pivotal one as that got us back in the game, it was a really big goal and tremendous credit to him - it was a great strike.

“I don’t think you will see four goals of such quality in a single game for a long time.”

There is no doubt that such a result sends shockwaves around the league but the Dundalk manager was keen to implore that his team were concentrating only on picking up results and not on sending any kind of messages to the sides around them.

“We are not into sending messages, we simply just want to win football matches and you are always vulnerable after a big win like that so we must look at that going forward and get our feet on the ground.”