Skipper delighted as back four create solid base for victory

Skipper delighted as back four create solid base for victory
Dundalk captain Stephen O’Donnell believes that if his side produce similar defensive displays that they will create enough chances to win games, after they recorded their first league clean-sheet since the opening day when they overcame Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night.

Dundalk captain Stephen O’Donnell believes that if his side produce similar defensive displays that they will create enough chances to win games, after they recorded their first league clean-sheet since the opening day when they overcame Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night.

Goalkeeper Peter Cherrie was untroubled throughout, with comfortable saves from a Ryan McEvoy first-half free-kick and Chris Lyons shot late on being the only times he was called into action.

At the other end, Dundalk could have been out of sight by the time they struck their second goal ten minutes from the end, with Tiarnán Mulvenna proving a constant nuisance for the home defence.

And O’Donnell felt that their strong defensive performance laid the perfect platform for yet another away win.

“I don’t think it was a great game for the spectators, but the pitch doesn’t really help,” he said afterwards.

“The pitch wasn’t great coming into it and it was just a case of having to do the ugly things right, and we know if we keep it tight at the back and everyone defends solidly, we’ll create chances and score goals up the other end.

“We created a lot of chances. Tiarnán looked a threat every time the ball went up; he had a few chances, and I think Delany made a few great saves from him. He scored a good poacher’s goal, and I think overall, on chances created, we deserved the victory.”

The result saw Dundalk continue their 100 percent away record under Stephen Kenny, with five wins from five competitive games, all of which have taken place in the capital.

However, O’Donnell played down their superb form on the road, insisting that their failure to win at Oriel Park can be put down somewhat to the opposition that they have faced.

“People seem to be going on about this, but I think you have to remember that we have played all the top teams at home,” the Galway native said.

“We have had a couple of performances that could have been better at home, but it sets us up nicely.

“We don’t really care whether the wins are at home or away. Obviously, it would be nice for the fans if we could win at home, but if we keep tipping away and getting three points, we’ll have some good nights at Oriel, I’m sure.”

The 27-year-old also insisted that there is no added pressure to pick up three points on away trips, with their search for a home win still continuing.

“We don’t feel like that, because I think we’re happy enough with the way we’re playing at home,” he said. We think it will come. It’s just one of those things.