VICTORY in Dalymount Park on Friday night was the perfect response to the defeat against Derry City according to Lilywhites vice-captain Mark Rossiter.
The former Bohs star was one of Dundalk’s standout performers in Phibsborough and speaking afterwards, he said he was delighted to have helped secure not only three points, but a badly needed clean sheet for his side.
“We’ve been very good on the road. We’re gradually getting better and better. After last week against Derry City, I think it’s great to get that response and especially to get a clean sheet because we’ve been conceding a lot of goals.
“From a team point of view we are disappointed that we have conceded 13 goals. Every one of those goals was avoidable. If we can stamp out those mistakes we could finish in the top four. For a new squad, that would be a great season.”
The win keeps Dundalk in touch with the top four but Rossiter said that the current squad’s hunger for success means they are disappointed not to be higher placed in the league table.
“It has been a great start but we can improve. To draw with Limerick after beating Pat’s away is one result that really sticks out. After going two goals down you would think we’d be happy with a draw but the two goals we conceded were very much avoidable.
“The Drogheda game, we were probably fortunate to get a point but I think any Dundalk fan will be happy, especially after what happened last season. Hopefully we can give them something to shout about because they’ve been great this season.”
Reflecting on the 2-0 win over his former employers, Rossiter felt Dundalk were always in control.
“From a team point of view, we were excellent defensively. We played really well and dominated the first-half. They had a bit of possession and they threw a bit of the kitchen sink at us but we were more than comfortable.
“1-0 is a dangerous lead but when you’re out on the pitch you don’t think about that and thankfully we got the second goal. We’ve a lot of young players but they have plenty of experience and if we can start seeing games out then we could have a good season.”
Much has been made of the Dalymount Park pitch this season but Rossiter said that the surface didn’t present Dundalk with any problems.
“We were aware of the pitch but we have enough confidence in each other to get it down and pass it if it’s on. We demand good passing of each other. We want to win the right way but it’s all about winning games.
“When Shamrock Rovers came here there was plenty of moaning about the pitch whereas Sligo Rovers said nothing and went on to win the game 3-0. We took a leaf out of their book tonight.”