Stephen Kenny was thrilled with the determination shown by his side in refusing to throw in the towel and accept a point against a resolute Limerick outfit.
If it was not for the performance of Barry Ryan between the posts, it could likely have been a lot more and the chance creation was another positive the Dundalk boss was taking from the game.
“We knew that they would be tough to break down since Martin has come in so to create as much as we did is pleasing,” he said.
“We seemed to hit Barry Ryan with everything but his positioning was exceptional - or else our finishing could have been better, whatever your perspective.
“I’m delighted we kept going and showed the perseverance which we have had all season and created chance after chance, even after scoring, and thankfully we got the goal that we deserved in the end.”
He added: “We just have that thing about us where we keep going and going.”
The Super Blues have brought out the best in Dundalk this season it could argued. Not in terms of flowing football or racking up high scores as in other fixtures but simply due to the way they have ground out victories against the Munster side.
Kenny agrees. “It is the third time this season we have had to dig deep against them. We got a late goal here early in the season, Darren Meenan got a late-ish one in Thomond Park and Patrick again.
“Last season, they took seven points from nine off of us and this year we have nine out of nine so it is something we’ll take.”
However, following a win at the Brandywell for Cork City, the Leesiders continue hanging on in there in the race for the title. Kenny is prepared for the season to go down to the wire.
“We haven’t changed anything in the last few weeks and are playing well and the way our goal difference is, I can’t see it being a factor so winning was the main thing,” he said.
“We know we may have to go to the last game and if we do, so be it. We can only focus on ourselves and influence what we do.”
The importance of Hoban too is evident. Crucial goals away from home against the likes of Hajduk Split, Shamrock Rovers and Drogheda United have been supplemented with his latest key finish to take his tleague tally to 15 goals.
“People said he isn’t a 20-goal-a-season striker but in his typical, stubborn west of Ireland way he would say he would have that if he was on penalties!”